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CHINA-LEADERSHIP: DEATH OF HU YAOBANG'S WIFE
Li Zhao, the wife of former CCP CC General Secretary Hu Yaobang, died on Saturday afternoon aged 96, according to her son.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-PLA: GRAND EVENT FOR 90TH ANNIVERSARY IN AUGUST
PLA Lieutenant General Rong Guiqing, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Western Theatre Command, said on March 15, 2017, that there would be massive celebrations for PLA Day. He said President Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, was expected to inspect troops on PLA Day on August 1.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-NPC: PLA NAVY
Wang Weiming, Deputy Chief of Staff of the PLA Navy who is also a Deputy to the NPC, told Xinhua on March 10, 2017, on the sidelines of the NPC's plenary session that building of the second aircraft carrier is in good shape as the hull blocks have been joined in the dock.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-CPPCC: PANCHEN LAMA
In his first speech to the CPPCC plenary session on March 12, 2017, the Chinese appointed 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu denounced fake monks and called for the stricter regulation of religious personnel. He said "With the development of the market economy, Buddhism has suffered the effects of commercialization.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-US: OPINION POLLS
50% of the Americans surveyed in a Gallup Poll recently said they have a favorable opinion of China -- up from 44% in 2016 and 41% in 2012.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
An unusually candid article in the state-run Global Times on March 3, 2017, reported the meeting on March 1, between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song and said both expressed the hope for improved Beijing-Pyongyang ties and that Ri Kil Song had claimed that North Korea is willing to have in-depth talks with China on the situation of the Korean Peninsula.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-RUSSIA: WATER SUPPLY TO XINJIANG AND GANSU
The Guardian newspaper on March 7, 2017,reported that China is considering plans to build a 1,000km (620 mile) pipeline to pump water from Siberia to its drought-stricken northwest.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-CUBA: ECONOMIC TIES
Cuban imports from China reached a record US$ 1.9 billion in 2015, nearly 60 percent above the annual average of the previous decade, and were at US$ 1.8 billion in 2016 as the flow of oil and cash slowed from Venezuela due to economic and political turmoil in the South American country.

Mar 2017

CHINA-US: SHANGHAI COMMUNIQUE
February 28, 2017 was the 45th anniversary of the Shanghai Communique.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: EEZ
The Japan Times on February 28, 2017, quoted the Japan Coast Guard as stating that China had conducted a total of 63 seabed surveys inside Japan’s EEZ in the East China Sea and elsewhere without consent over the five years from 2012 to 2016.

Mar 2017

CHINA-US: TIBET WOMENS FOOTBALL TEAM DENIED VISAS
Fifteen players between the ages of 18 and 20 of the Tibetan Women’s Soccer were all refused US visas to go as guests to participate in this spring’s Dallas Cup tournament for young players.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: DPRK VICE FM VISITS (FEB 28-MAR 4, 2017)
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Ri Kil Song arrived in Beijing on February 28, at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for talks.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA: PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES
DeWe Security, a Chinese private security firm was founded in 2011 by a number of former military and police officers who had first worked together during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN:LEADERSHIP
The Shanxi Provincial Higher People's Court on February 28, 2017, sentenced Zhao Liping, a former senior political advisor in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to death on charges of murder, taking bribes and possession of firearms.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-TIBET: TAX BREAK
Because of a package of tax breaks, companies registered in Tibet are subject to a corporate tax rate of 15 per cent, well below the national standard rate of 25 per cent.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-TIBET: PANCHEN LAMA'S (LOSAR) NEW YEAR MESSAGE
The China selected Gyaltsen Norbu, appointed the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 by China, issued a message to mark the Tibetan lunar new year which was publicised on February 27, 2017, by the CCP CC's United Front Work Department which helps oversee religious groups.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY: FIFTEENTH MEETING OF THE CENTRAL FINANCIAL WORK LEADING GROUP
Xinhua reported (Feb 28, 2017) that the Central Financial Work Leading Group held its fifteenth meeting in Beijing on Febrary 28, 2017 which was attended by Li Keqiang, Premier and Deputy Head of the Central Financial Work Leading Group, Liu Yunshan, PBSC member and member of the Central Financial Work Leading Group, and Zhang Gaoli, Vice Premier of the State Council and member of the Central Financial Work Leading Group.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-EDUCATION
The Xinhua News Agency reported on February 27, 2017, that the CCP CC and State Council had jointly issued a circular "on strengthening and improving ideological and political work under the new situation of opinions" (hereinafter referred to as "Opinion").
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-MYANMAR: LABOUR UNREST
The official China News Service reported on February 24, 2017 that hundreds of workers in Myanmar attacked a Chinese garment factory run by Hangzhou Hundred-Tex Garment (Myanmar) Co, in Yangon on February 23, destroying equipment and briefly detaining seven Chinese workers.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-VATICAN: IMPROVING RELATIONS
On February 27, 2017, at 1.30 hrs the programme 'Dialogue', of the English language Chinese Central Television, CGTN, screened a show on the possibility of normalising relations between China and the Vatican.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: PLA MILITARY OPERATIONS INSIDE AFGHANISTAN
Mystery over recent reported sightings of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan deepened last week as Beijing denied its troops were in Afghanistan but confirmed it was undertaking “joint counter-terrorism operations” with Kabul.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INDIAN : ATTRACTING INDIAN HI-TECH TALENT
An interesting article in the state-run Global Times on February 24, 2017, suggested that "China has perhaps not been working hard enough to attract science and technology talent from India to work in the country".
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-INDIA: CPEC
The state-run Global Times on February 23, 2017, claimed that "many observers consider the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) an important opportunity, not only for the potential economic benefits it brings to China and Pakistan, but also because it allows greater cooperation among nations in the region.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-PLA: PROTESTS BY DEMOBILISED SOLDIERS
HongKong's South China Morning Post reported on February 23, 2017, that Chinese military veterans demonstrated in central Beijing for two days, demanding unpaid retirement benefits.
CCAS
Mar 2017

CHINA-JAPAN: UNDERSEA CLAIMS
Japan's Yomiuri newsagency reports that last year the State Oceanic Administration of China filed 50 applications to name undersea features in Chinese last year. This is more than double the number of applications filed the previous year with the Monaco-based International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TURKEY: UYGHUR TERRORISM
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on January 5, 2017, that dozens of people of Uyghur origin had been arrested in connection with the deadly nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year's eve that killed 39 people. He said the main suspect is on the run and that the arrested suspect, who was probably Uyghur, had acted alone but may have had help. He also described the suspect as "specially trained". The Turkish Foreign Minister separately said the authorities have identified the attacker, but gave no further details. Turkish media have run images of a suspect, saying the pictures were handed out by the police.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-BILATERAL TRADE
China is Vietnam’s biggest trading partner, providing 29 percent of its imports and buying more than 10 percent of its exports. Approvals for Chinese investment into Thailand (including informal trade) have jumped from $50 million a two years ago to close to $1 billion currently. China and the Philippines have bilateral trade of $17 billion and growing quickly.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-SRI LANKA: CLASHES OVER HAMBANTOTA
The New York Times on January 8, 2017, reported that at least 21 people had been injured in violent clashes on January 7, 2017, between Sri Lankan government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake. Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up the clashes, which took place as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was attending an opening ceremony for the industrial zone, located near the port city of Hambantota, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) southeast of the capital, Colombo.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA: TEST OF AGNI-V
On January 5, 2017, China's state-owned official Global Times once again reacted to India's test of the Agni-V strategic missile which, it claimed, "is widely regarded as a strategic missile targeted at China as it can reach almost all parts of the Chinese mainland". It accused India of having "broken" UN limits on nuclear arms and long-range missiles and said Pakistan should also be accorded the same "privilege".
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-DISSIDENCE: WANG DAN
Chinese dissident Wang Dan who was active during the TAM protests in 1989, has announced his decision to leave Taiwan after residing there for 7 years and move to Washington DC.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER
The Changsha City Public Security Bureau on December 23, 2016, notified Beijing-based human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong's father-in-law that Jiang Tianyong had been placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. On 16 December, mainland Chinese media reported that Jiang Tianyong had been placed under police custody for allegedly having “illegally possessed multiple secret state documents, colluded with overseas institutions, organizations and individuals, and is suspected of illegally providing state secrets abroad”. Jiang Tianyong's activism resulted in him being disbarred in 2009.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-WATER: TIBET
China for the first time on December 28, 2016, transported 1,890 tonnes of bottled water in 35 carriages from Tibet to Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang Province. Xinhua described it as the first of a regular set of cargo trains to bring bottled drinking water from Tibet to China’s inland areas. It said there are plans to run trains between Lhasa and other cities such as Beijing, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Lanzhou.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT
The New York Times reported on January 5, 2017, that China's National Energy Administration had that same day announced plans to spend more than US$ 360 billion till 2020 on renewable power sources like solar and wind. The agency said China would create more than 13 million jobs in the renewable energy sector by 2020.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-ECONOMY
The People's Bank of China reported on January 7, 2017, that China’s foreign exchange reserves fell by US$41 billion to US$3.011 trillion in December. The December figure is the sixth straight monthly fall in the country’s foreign exchange reserves. The reserves declined by US$69.06 billion in November. (Comment: The decline was less than expected but still edged the reserves closer to a drop below the US$3 trillion mark that could rattle confidence in the currency.)
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY-XINJIANG: FACE RECOGNITION
"Since 2014, Xinjiang has introduced face recognition technology at all major passenger terminals including for purchase of train tickets. It has implemented the real-name system into the station tickets. Passengers entering the station need to produce ID cards and tickets and are subjected to face recognition in case they are waiting to enter the waiting hall. A person with someone else's ID card or buying a ticket for someone else cannot do so. Authorities say other potential applications are University student attendance, retrieving QQ passwords, looking for missing children, etc.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG ID CARDS
Radio Free Asia reported on January 5, 2017, that ethnic Uyghur government workers in Xinjiang region are being ordered to remove the word “Islam” from a box indicating religious affiliation on their household registration forms.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY: ALIBABA, TENCENT AND FACE RECOGNITION
Face recognition software has already been introduced and is in use at border controls in Beijing and Kunming. All border guards and major passenger terminals in Xinjiang have already deployed "face recognition" equipment.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The state-owned Global Times on January 8, 2017, reported that 62-year old Deng Xiangchao, Deputy Head of the School of Art at Shangdong Jianzhu University, had been made to retire for posting controversial comments about Mao Zedong online. He has simultaneously been instructed to stop any teaching-related activities both on and off campus.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: JAPAN
Japan's informal office in Taipei called the 'Interchange Association, Japan' has from December 31, 2016, been renamed 'The Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association'. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted quickly to the change of name saying it was “extremely dissatisfied” by the Japanese government's implicit nod to Taiwan's Taiwaneseness.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MILITARY BUILD-UP
Dr Ross Babbage, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Forum Pty Ltd and Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) in Washington DC who has also formerly held the position of Head of Strategic Analysis in Australia's Office of National Assessments and Assistant Secretary for ANZUS and then Force Development in the Department of Defence, on December 28, 2016 wrote that Beijing’s footprint has expanded markedly in the South China Sea during the last five years.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: TOURISM AND CHILDBIRTH
In 2015, the US State Department issued 2.27 million visas to Chinese tourists. It does not track what proportion of visas are issued to tourists wanting to give birth to children in the US, which is reportedly a thriving industry. For example, Chinese listings show several hundred maternity clinics in southern California. Jessica Vaughan, Executive Director of The Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative-leaning think tank, estimates that nearly 36,000 Chinese nationals give birth in the U.S. each year. Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said “There is nothing in the law that makes it illegal for pregnant women to enter the United States.”
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: A CHINESE ACADEMIC'S ASSESSMENT OF REX TILLERSON AS US SECRETARY OF STATE
Shen Dingli, a Professor and Associate Dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, on December 26, 2016, assessed that the US President-elect’s choice of Tillerson indicates that "Trump will tap Tillerson’s rich experience in conducting international business and negotiation" He added that the nomination conforms with Trump’s style of bringing successful business people into his cabinet, to “make America great again.”
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A tough article in the official state-owned Global Times on December 29, 2016, Li Kaisheng, Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of International Relations, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said "It is possible that Washington will continue instigating antagonism by the agency of countries that have conflicts with China".He suggested that "the US is most likely to provoke China by intensifying warship cruises and surveillance activities in the SCS, because the Pentagon is able to make these moves without support from its allies".
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA: AGNI-V AND UNSC
On December 26, 2016, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reacting to the successful test by India of its 5000-kms range Agni-V missile, issued a sharp statement asserting “We have noted reports on India’s test fire of [the] Agni-V ballistic missile. The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.” The reference to the UNSC resolution 1172 has been noticed for the first time in 18 years.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA: TERRORISM
China on December 30, 2016, retained its 'hold' on India's request to the UN Sanctions Committee against internationally recognised terrorists residing in Pakistan. In doing so it became the only one of 15 members of the UNSC Sanctions Committee to exercise its veto. (Comment: China's action comes despite its claimed efforts to join the international community in their fight to combat terrorism. It also exhibits continued insensitivity to India's interests.)
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ENVIRONMENT/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
On December 30, 2016, China's State Council announced that the commercial processing and sale of ivory will stop by March 31, 2017, and all registered traders will then be phased out, bringing a full halt to the market by the end of the year. Ivory can presently reach US$ 1,100 (£850) per kilogram in China. (Comment: The announcement has been praised by international wildlife conservationists.)
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TIBET: RELIGIOUS CONTROLS
Reuters on December 29, 2016, reported the TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie, who was appointed in August 2016, as saying that the CCP control over religion in Tibet can only increase and efforts would be intensified to expose the "sinister intentions" of the Dalai Lama. Tibet Daily, which publicised excerpts of the speech, quoted Wu Yingjie as saying that 'Tibetan Buddhism had a fine tradition of patriotism and had made important contributions to maintaining national unity. But Tibetan Buddhism needs to march with the times.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-XINJIANG: UNREST
The official news portal of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region on December 28, 2016, announced that a car carrying several terrorists had crashed into the yard of the Moyu County Committee of the CCP office building in Karakax county at 4.50 pm that day. Quoting the Ministry of Public Security, Xinhua reported that police shot and killed the three attackers, who were wielding knives and managed to detonate a home-made explosive. It said there were four attackers and an official and a security worker were also killed and three others injured. It added that "social order" had been restored.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on December 30, 2016, that an investigation launched into former Vice Minister of State Security (MoSS) Ma Jian's "serious disciplinary violations" had concluded and he had been expelled from the CCP. The CDIC statement said he had "seriously violated political discipline and the code of conduct, confronted an organizational probe, as well as transferred and hid money and property related to his case. He also failed to give a report on his personal information, including real estate properties, in accordance with regulations, and illicitly handled exit permits for his family."
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
63-year old General Wang Jianping, named as Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff Department under the powerful Central Military Commission in January 2016, was officially reported by China’s Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun on December 29, 2016, to have been placed under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
Hongkong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on December 29, 2016, that 57-year old Ying Yong, presently Vice Mayor of Shanghai, will soon take over as Mayor of Shanghai from Yang Xiong who was appointed Shanghai Mayor in Fbruary 2013.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CPEC
Criticism about the CPEC has been rising in Pakistan with provincial politicians being especially critical. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took the issue to the court, which was not appreciated by China. Consequently, a high level delegation from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, comprising Ministers and senior bureaucrats who were scheduled to visit China to study the mass transit transport system, were refused visas by the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad in November, 2016. Chinese ambassador in Pakistan Sun Weidong specially met (October 18, 2016) PTI chief Imran Khan and sought assurances that projects under CPEC would not be harmed or sabotaged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Reports suggest concern at the highest levels of the Chinese leadership about the criticism of the CPEC.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: CHINESE DONATIONS TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES
The US-based University World News reported on December 22, 2016, that a number of wealthy Chinese are giving donations to US educational Institutes. Chen, chairman of China’s Shanda Group, and his wife Luo who are now gave large donations to Caltech and say they will be donating US$ 1 billion on brain discovery, research and development.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-US: NEW CABINET APPOINTMENTS
China has expressed concern about the appointment of Peter Navarro as head of the newly created National Trade Council. China's state-owned Global Times and the CCP's official authoritative newspaper 'People's Daily' on December 22, 2016, quoted China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi as anticipating that Sino-US ties would face some “complexity” in the future. They quoted Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying that Beijing was concerned by Trump’s policy direction and “I hope the United States and China can work together to maintain Sino-US relations, including the healthy and stable development of economic and trade ties.”as expressing concern about the appointment of Peter Navarro as head of the newly created National Trade Council. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as anticipating "some complexity" ahead.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-MONGOLIA: DALAI LAMA
Mongolia's Foreign MinisterTsend Munkh-Orgil expressed regret, during an interview on December 21, 2016, to the local newspaper 'Unuudur', that the Dalai Lama’s visit last month had hurt ties with Beijing and said “You can understand that during the full term of this government, the Dalai Lama will not be allowed to visit Mongolia even for religious purposes.” China’s Foreign Ministry responded the same day that Beijing “attached importance” to the remarks by Mongolia’s top diplomat and hoped the country would “honor the commitment” it has made on the issue.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-TAIWAN: FOREIGN RELATIONS
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is due to lead a 90-member delegation to visit four of Taiwan's allies in Central America viz Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador in January 2017. Her itinerary calls for a stop-over in the US. There is a possibility she will meet members of the US Congress during her stop-over.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Radio Free Asia reported that Chinese police in Sichuan’s Ngaba county detained and beat Tenpa, a young 18 year old former monk of Kirti Monastery on December 16, 2016, after he launched a solo protest calling for freedom for Tibet. This is the eighth such protest reported in the county so far this year. Tenpa was carrying a photo of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANALYSIS OF PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Freedom House has analyzed hundreds of leaked directives of the CCP CC's Propaganda Department, including all of those from 2016 that were available in China Digital Times collection as of December 1. A total of 86 were found in 2016 to have ordered “negative” actions, such as deleting an article, declining to send reporters to cover a news event, or closing the relevant comment sections on websites. Another eight directives ordered strictly “positive” actions to promote the party line, such as covering specific topics or using only copy from the official Xinhua news agency on a given story.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
A seven-and-a-half minute video issued by the CCP CC Propaganda Department a week ago (third week of December) focuses on the dangers of a 'Colour Revolution', of which it said "Embassies in China are the forward command, combining forces to promote street politics". The video, which has no title, is being promoted online under the head "Who most wants to overthrow China". The theme was highlighted in a high-level conference in December 2016 to discuss strengthening of ideological controls in Universities.
CCAS
Jan 2017

CHINA-INDIA RELATIONS
In an article published in National Interest on December 1, 2016, assessing China's neighbourhood environment, Liu Xuejun and Liu Jun, both Associate Professors at the Institute of International Studies of Yunnan University based in Kunming, Yunnan, in brief wrote: the DPRK, once China’s closest ally, is quickly becoming a “negative asset” for China, with new faces in the top brass believed to be less China-friendly.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: LIKELY NEW US AMBASSADOR TO CHINA
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is the longest-serving governor in US history and a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is reported to be the frontrunner for the crucial post of US ambassador to China.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: ECONOMY
Tourist arrivals from mainland China plunged more than 40% in October from a year earlier. The cheaper hotels popular with Chinese tour groups are half empty; bus fleets are idle.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
China's official Global Times reported on December 6, 2016, that Taiwan defense officials confirmed on December 5, that several fighter jets of the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait last month during a drill in the Western Pacific Ocean. This is the first time PLAAF fighter jets have done so.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: TAIWAN'S LOBBYISTS IN USA
Reports in the Politico and New York Times on December 7, 2016, disclosed that former US Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff, an outreach effort that culminated last week in an unorthodox telephone call between Mr. Trump and Taiwan’s president.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: TRUMP'S CONVERSATION WITH TAIWAN PRESIDENT
On December 2, 2016, US President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke over telephone to Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, “who offered her congratulations.” Trump is believed to be the first US President or President-elect who has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since 1979, when the United States severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan after its recognition of the People’s Republic of China. The statement issued by Trump’s office said the two leaders noted that “close economic, political, and security ties” exist between Taiwan and the United States and that Trump “congratulated President Tsai on becoming president of Taiwan earlier this year.”
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CIVIL AVIATION
The Beijing Times on December 2, 2016, reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) had on December 1, instructed all airplanes to send their location reports more frequently. It said all airliners need to send their longitude, latitude and height every 15 minutes or even less to the ground. The move is aimed at improving civil aviation safety by monitoring the location of planes.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: COMPARISON WITH U.S. WEALTH
Derek Scissors wrote on November 29, 2016, that new estimates by Credit Suisse of private wealth through the middle of 2016, show American private wealth at $84.8 trillion and Chinese private wealth at $23.4 trillion and the gap is widening.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:CONTROLS ON OUTBOUND INVESTMENTS
The Financial Times on December 2, 2016, said China intends to scrutinise acquisitions of overseas companies costing more than $1bn if they are outside the investors’ core business scope. Meanwhile, SoEs will not be allowed to invest more than $1bn on a single real estate transaction abroad. Gold purchases are also being curbed.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-SPACE LAUNCHES
In 2016, China became the world's no:2 leading launcher of space rockets with 19 launches just behind the United States which has 20 launches. Russia fell to number 3 position with 18 launches.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A ROC government press release of November 30, 2016, announced that the ROC Coast Guard Administration under the Executive Yuan conducted a humanitarian rescue exercise in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands Nov. 29 in accordance with President Tsai Ing-wen’s policy concerning the South China Sea.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-VATICAN: RELIGION
At a ceremony at Pinganqiao Cathedral in Chengdu, Sichuan province during the feast of St ­Andrew on November 30, 2016, two Chinese bishops recognised by the Holy See were consecrated.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG
Speaking in Beijing on November 30, 2016, morning, Chen Zuoer, President of Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies and former Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, quoted the old Chinese saying to describe the Hongkong 'independence' supporters as “running rat across the streets”.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-PLA NAVY: OVERSEAS BASES-DJIBOUTI
China's Ministry of National Defence announced on December 1, 2016, that a Chinese logistics base in Djibouti is not part of an overseas military expansion.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MONGOLIA-HAN ETHNIC TENSION
The official Weixin news release of the Tongliao Municipality Public Security Bureau of Southern Mongolia’s Left Uzumchin Banner reported on November 25, 2016, that Unench, a Mongolian herder from the Ulgai area of Southern Mongolia’s Left Uzumchin Banner, had killed four Chinese named Wei Jianguo, Wei Jianqi (cousin of Wei Jianguo), Wei Jianchen (brother of Wei Jianqi) and An Xiaoping after being beaten by three of the four in a dispute over grazing land and payment of sheep tending. Unench was arrested nine hours later in his home place of eastern Southern Mongolia’s Horchin Left Wing Middle Banner.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: NATIONAL DEBT AND COST OVERRUNS IN INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION
A recent study by Atif Ansar, Fellow of Keble College and Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management (MMPM) at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Bent Flyvbjerg, the first BT Professor and inaugural Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and a Professorial Fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, claimed that in 2014, China spent US$4.6 trillion on fixed assets, accounting for 24.8 per cent of total worldwide investments and more than double the entire GDP of India.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on November 29, that the People's Bank of China had decided on a policy shift to stop capital outflows and that payments of more than US$ 5 million will require the approval of central authorities.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Bai Enpei and Wei Pengyuan, two former high-ranking Chinese officials were sentenced on October 9, 2016, by the the Anyang City Intermediate People’s Court in Henan province and Baoding City Intermediate Court in Hebei province respectively, to life in prison without the possibility of a sentence reduction or parole (“life without parole,” or LWOP). Bai Enpei was previously Party Secretary in Yunnan and Qinghai provinces and most recently a Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress Environment and Resources Protection Committee.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING ON LITERATURE AND ART
Xinhua reported on November 30 that President Xi Jinping addressed the 10th Congress of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles (CFLAC) and the ninth Congress of the Chinese Writers Association (CWA) in Beijing on November 30, 2016.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-SECURITY: SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM
Hangzhou and more than three dozen local governments throughout China are piloting a "social credit system" to track individual behavior and assign ratings to citizens.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-PREMIER
Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, paid his third visit to Shanghai’s free-trade zone last week. Hours after his inspection, the local branch of the PBoC held a rare press conference to announce a new risk-control system to monitor currency flows through the zone to ensure they are balanced by supporting inflows—an oblique indication that cash had been leaking out.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Xinhua reported that the CCP CC Politburo issued a decision on November 30 pledging to streamline and tighten the benefits for serving and retired party and state leaders, including housing, offices, holidays, vehicles and staff.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-SINGAPORE: MILITARY SHIPMENTS VIA HONGKONG
The South China Morning Post reported on November 25, 2016 that on November 23, 2016 Hongkong Customs officers at Kwai Chung Terminal seized nine advanced combat vehicles tat were on the way back from Taiwan to Singapore.
CCAS
Dec 2016

NEPAL-CHINA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
In an interview with Mikel Dunham on November 16, 2016, Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, @ Prachanda, disclosed that Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to visit Nepal in January or February 2017.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: MEETING AT APEC SUMMIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s special envoy to the APEC Summit (Nov 17-19, 2016) People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, had a ten minute meeting on the sideline of the Informal Economic Leaders’ Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Peru.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: TRUMP'S TIES WITH CHINESE COMPANY
Bloomberg reported on November 28, 2016, that the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd., a state-controlled enterprise and the world’s biggest lender by assets, is due to renegotiate its lease at Trump Tower in Manhattan during Donald Trump’s presidency.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
According to a study by the private US-based Rhodium Group, Chinese investment in the United States already accounts for over 100,000 jobs and the number is growing. It estimates nearly 6,700 American investments in China with a combined value of US$ 228 billion.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: DEBT
According to estimates released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China’s total debt – including housing, financial and government sector debt – hit 168.48 trillion yuan ($25 trillion) at the end of last year, equivalent to 249% of national GDP. China's household debt has also written appreciably in the past few years with the debt owed by households having increased now from 28% of GDP to more than 40% in the past five years.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
China in 2015 ran a US$ 334.1 billion trade surplus against the United States. China’s two-way trade also fell 8.0% last year and imports were down 7.5% and exports off by 7.7% in the first ten months of 2016.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POPULATION
China's National Health and Family Planning Commission announced on November 26, 2016, that this year’s number of newborns would exceed 17.5 million – similar to the total number in 2000. The Commission's Deputy Director, Wang Peian,said the new population total this year had met its expectations after it permitted all Chinese parents to have a second child from January 1 this year.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HAN-TIBETAN TENSION
The Tibetan news service Phayul reported on November 22, 2016, that an ethnic Han-Chinese woman from Shanghai broadcast a live post through the Chinese social media site menpai earlier last week, hurling offensive racial slur against Tibetans calling them an uncivilized race, unaccustomed to any culture and likened them to “garbage” and “low class villagers”. In her minute-long post that went viral, according to a translation done by a Tibetan, the Chinese woman asked, “Do you know what culture is?
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: INNER MONGOLIA
Since November 5, 2016, Mongolian parents from eastern Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Ulaanhad Municipality have launched a series of protests against the educational authorities for appointing Chinese principals to the only two Mongolian kindergartens allowed to teach in Mongolian. These are the former Ulaanhad Municipality 6.1 Kindergarten and the Ulaanhad Municipality Xincheng District Mongolian Kindergarten. Outraged by the newly appointed Chinese principals’ ban of the Mongolian language in the kindergartens, Mongolian parents collected signatures and published open letters via Chinese social media.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
The official Global Times reported on November 24, 2016, that a “passport-management policy” is being implemented across the entire Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, which requires all citizens to turn in the documents and apply for permission if they wish to leave the country. Officials quoted by Global Times, on condition of anonymity, insisted the move is meant to maintain public order amid a rising threat of terrorism in the region. that borders Central Asia. Xinjiang is home to some 10 million Uighur Muslims, many of whom have agitated against what they say is decades of discrimination such as controls on their religion and culture. It said the new passport policy “will not affect ordinary people’s travel plans,” and would only serve to keep criminals or people with “suspicious records” from going abroad.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XIXTH PARTY CONGRESS
Commencing preparations for the 19th Party Congress due to be held around October/November 2017, China held its once-every-five-year grassroots elections for county-district level People’s Representatives on November 15.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-PLA: MARITIME AMBITIONS
Captain Li Jie of the PLA’s Naval Research Institute (NRI) in Beijing and known to be an influential voice in Chinese naval strategy development, wrote an interesting article in the Fall Special issue of Military Digest. In the second paragraph of the essay, he asserts: “Externally, [the strategy] responds to the imperative to break the American blockade chokehold” He adds “The United States is continuously compressing China’s strategic space on the maritime flank, so that the East Sea passages are at great risk.” Likewise, Li Jie points to India as a potential threat to China’s maritime trading routes.
CCAS
Dec 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NEW MILITARY FACILITY
Radio Free Asia (RFA) quoted sources as saying that since August 2016, China has been constructing a large-scale military facility in the Chinese city of Longjing, in Jilin Province facing the Sambong workers' zone in the North Korean county of Onsong. The source said "Heavy equipment and material are being brought in order for building to take place." North Korea is responding to the new measures by deploying about 20 soldiers to monitor the situation from the Sambong workers' zone. A Korean-Chinese source in Longjing described the government's measures as "unprecedented" in the area close to the border, adding that "The Chinese leadership seems to preparing for the collapse of the North Korean regime." Barbed wire fencing along the border in Yanbian prefecture have been reinforced as well.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-UK RELATIONS: CHINESE VICE PREMIER MA KAI'S VISIT
Meeting China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai on November 9, 2016, in Downing Street, British Prime Minister Theresa May described Britain’s relationship with China as still “golden”. The reference was to welcomed a Chinese developer’s plans to build a £1.7bn business district in east London. Several China-backed projects under way in London with four Chinese banks providing £1.2bn of funding for a 35-acre scheme close to London City Airport and the new Crossrail line. Others include The Spire, a 67-storey residential tower in east London, the Ram Brewery project in Wandsworth to be built by Shanghai’s Greenland Group, and the Wanda One hotel and residential project south of the Thames by Dalian Wanda.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-US: NEW BOOK BY CENTER FOR SECURITY POLICY
A new book entitled: 'Warning Order: China Prepares for Conflict and Why We Must Do the Same' has recently been issued by the Center for Security Policy. Contributers to the book include former U.S. Senator Jim Talent, former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, China and national security experts Dr. Peter Navarro, Gordon Chang, Dean Cheng, Kevin Freeman and Lindsey Neas and journalist Bill Gertz.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-MONGOLIA: DALAI LAMA'S VISIT
81-year old Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived in Mongolia on November 18, 2016, to begin a four-day visit despite strong objections by Beijing. He was received at the airport by government representatives, senior monks of Mongolian monasteries, and the Indian ambassador. Mongolian officials described it as a religious visit to a predominantly Buddhist country. China had earlier demanded that Mongolia not allow the Dalai Lama to enter the country, saying that relations with China—on which Mongolia heavily depends for trade and investment—would be harmed if the visit goes ahead.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-US: CHINESE REACTIONS TO DONALD TRUMP'S VICTORY IN US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Many Chinese netizens in Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Beihai responded to the U.S. election with happiness. The users of Chinese social media platform Weibo viewed Trump’s isolationist “America First” proclamations from the campaign trail as an opportunity for Beijing to advance its foreign policy interests around the globe. Weibo user “Big Hero” from Shenzhen, wrote that Trump’s proposed retreat from Asia meant that China could exert greater influence over Japan and other nations in the Asia-Pacific.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-USA: US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Yuan Peng, Vice President of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) which is a think-tank closely affiliated to the Ministry of State Security -- China's External Intelligence outfit -- and Director of its Institute of American Studies, in a commentary in the Party's official newspaper People's Daily on November 8, 2016, observed that "it has become evident that – no matter who wins -- history will deem this election the most dark, chaotic and negative one in the past two centuries.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRO-DEMOCRACY LEGISLATORS
Almost 100 of the top Chinese business leaders have put their names to the cover of the Sing Tao Daily newspaper in protest against two Hong Kong Legislative Council members' advocacy of democracy. These include: Tencent founder and President, Pony Ma; SF Express founder Wang Wei; and Skyworth TV founder Huang Hongsheng. They were calling for the removal of Liang Songheng (Sixtus “Baggio” Leung) and You Huizhen (Yau Wai-ching).
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ROBOTICS
Recent data released by the International Federation of Robotics observed that recent deployments of industrial robots in developing countries have been concentrated in China, and the country is expected to maintain its front-runner status.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-CAPITAL FLIGHT
China's hina's official foreign exchange reserves fell more than half a trillion dollars last year and are still falling, with a loss of nearly $46 billion in October alone.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-TIBET: CONTROLS ON TIBETAN ESCAPEES TO NEPAL
41 Tibetans who arrived in Nepal from eastern Tibet were detained this week and released on November 16, 2016.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PASSPORT CONTROLS ON TIBETANS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on November 14, 2016, that Chinese government officials in Qinghai, Sichuan and Gansu are visiting the homes of Tibetan passport holders to collect their documents saying that new seals must be affixed. Sources were quoted as saying “the passports will be returned once the newly required seals of township and village authorities are in place.” The source said “Many Tibetans fear that this is an attempt by [Chinese] authorities to stop Tibetans who intend to travel to attend the Kalachakra (“Wheel of Time") teachings in India in January.”
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP
The CCP this month ordered members to greet each other as “comrade” and eliminate the growing importance attached to rank and titles. A document entitled “Norms of political life within the party under current conditions” was issued early this month after a meeting at which Xi Jinping was designated the “core” of the party.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SCHOOL EDUCATION
According to the Wall Street Journal of November 11, 2016, China's Education Ministry this week announced a legal change that prohibits for-profit schools for younger students and seeks to ensure schools are run “in a way supportive of socialism”. The revised law calls for more activities focused on the Communist Party and stronger party “infrastructure” in private schools, the better to “ensure private schools are run from start to finish in a way supportive of socialism.” Peking University Education Professor Yan Fengqiao said the law may be motivated in part by a central-government desire for more influence in education.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL-CDIC: REPATRIATION OF CHINESE CORRUPTION SUSPECTS
Xinhua reported on November 16, 2016, that the US had agreed to the repatriation of 70-year old Yang Xiuzhu. A former Deputy Director of the Construction Bureau of China's Zhejiang Province and Vice Mayor of Wenzhou City, she fled China in April 2003 after being accused of 'stealing' US$ 39 million. She fled to the US in May 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Chairman of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), 68-year old Wang Qishan wrote an article in the People's Daily of November 8, 2016, warning senior Party cadres to stay vigilant against those who harbour plots to seize the power of the party and the state. He said “The higher one’s position is, the more trust [the Party] bestows on him, so the higher the risk. Absolute power leads to absolute corruption, and thus unsupervised power is extremely dangerous.” He also urged party officials, especially senior ones, to “raise their political awareness” and “stay clean”.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-US: TRADE AND BANKING
Agricultural Bank of China, one of the country’s largest banks, agreed to pay a $215 million penalty Friday to resolve allegations by New York’s banking regulator that the lender violated anti-money-laundering laws.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER INTRUSION
Chinese PAPF troops entered Indian territory in the Demchok area in Ladakh to stop construction of a water pipeline for a developmental project on the ground that it was being constructed in Chinese territory. Indian troops and border defence personnel reached the spot where a stand-off has been underway since November 2, 2016. The Deputy Commissioner of Ladakh (J&K) in Leh confirmed that a stand-off was underway in a Twitter posted on November 5.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-PENSIONS
Pension payments is becoming a problem for the Chinese authorities as lay-offs of workers increases. Presently the burden of supporting each person over 65 is now shared by more than seven workers. But, according to UN data that will drop to just two people in 35 years or, according to the World Bank even fewer than that.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: NPC & THE BASIC LAW
On November 4, 2016, the Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, Zhang Dejiang, announced that the Committee will issue an interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The Basic Law sets parameters for NPCSC interpretations of its provisions. This interpretation, which has not been requested by Hong Kong authorities, is expected to dictate the ruling of Hong Kong courts in an ongoing case involving two pro-independence members of the Legislative Council. There is anticipation that the ruling could disqualify them from office.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG
Protests mushroomed across Hongkong on November 7, 2016, as thousands of Hongkong residents objected to the NPC's ruling on the Basic Law. The tense stand-off between police and protesters outside the central government’s liaison office in Sai Wan ended late on November 6 night with calls from Demosisto, Student Fight for Democracy, the League of Social Democrats and the Labour Party for protesters to leave the site.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET-RELIGION
Authorities overseeing the destruction of Sichuan’s Larung Gar Buddhist Academy have on November 7, 2016, canceled the eight-day festival called Dechen Shingdrup, or Accomplishing the Pure Land of Great Bliss, and forbidden public gatherings, leaving the center’s remaining monks and nuns to pray privately in their rooms. The Dechen Shingdrup is an annual religious assembly, that begins each year on the 18th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan Lunar Calendar. That date falls this year on Nov. 17.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG CYBER SECURITY CONTROLS
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on October 28, 2016, that public security authorities in Changji city in Xinjiang have detained a man for using circumvention software to scale the complex system of blocks, filters, and human censorship known as the Great Firewall. Police said he had been detained this month for allegedly "downloading violent and terrorist circumvention software" on October 13.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: COAL MINE EXPLOSION IN SHAANXI
72 hours after the explosion that blasted a section of the coal mine at Dajingta village in Shaanxi and claimed 14 lives and injured more than one-hundred people,reports of the tragedy have been blacked out of the official media.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XIXTH PEOPLE'S CONGRESS
Yao Lifa, an advocate of grassroots elections in Qianjing County, Hubei Province, along with 57 others have signed a petition on November 1, 2016, demanding the right to elect the electorate group leader and deputy group leader in their constituency. They have said that they have the right to jointly nominate preliminary candidates for People’s Representative elections and the right to be nominated as preliminary candidates for People’s Representative elections,
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: FORMER PREMIER ZHU RONGJI'S SON
Levin Zhu Yunlai, the son of former premier Zhu Rongji, spoke as a “financial expert” at the Global Innovator Conference, in Beijing on November 4, 2016. In his keynote speech he praised the state of new technology in China. Just a week earlier he had expressed pessimism about China's property market.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS
According to Xinhua, China's Minister of State Security, 65-year old Geng Huichang was on November 1, 2016, named as the Deputy Director of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee’s panel on Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese affairs. He is likely to step down soon. An announcement on November 7, 2016, said that Geng Huichang will be succeeded by Chen Wenqing, the Party Secretary of Ministry of State Security’s Communist Party committee. A key ally of CDIC Chairman Wang Qishan, Chen Wenqing started his career as a policeman in Sichuan province and was Wang’ Qishan's deputy at the CDIC from 2012-2015.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Hongkong's South China Morning Post on October 31, 2016, quoted Deng Maosheng, who has helped draft the communiques for all the plenums of the 18th Central Committee including the recent Sixth plenum, as hinting that the Chinese Communist Party could be willing to bend unofficial age limits for the country’s most powerful political body.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-MALAYSIA: NAVAL SHIP PURCHASES
According to a Facebook posting by Malaysia's Ministry of Defense of the text of a speech to be delivered by Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein, mentioned that Malaysia will sign a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China when Prime Minister Najib Razak visits Beijing on October 30.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reuters on October 28, 2016, reported the Philippine's Defence Minister as saying that Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and that Philippine boats can resume fishing, and describing the departure a "welcome development". Philippine's Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said fishermen can now access the shoal unimpeded for the first time in four years.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: TRADE
RFA on October 21, 2016, quoted sources as saying that China's offshore trade with North Korea is not recorded in Chinese customs data. It said trade between China and North Korea officially amounted to US$5.5 billion last year, but an intelligence source said the illicit trade is estimated at another $2.2 billion.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT REORGANISATION
The Mingbao newspaper reported on October 29, 2016, that China's National Audit Office and Anti Corruption Bureau of the Supreme Peoples Procuratorate may be merged into the Central Disciplinary Inspection Commission (CDIC). The report was subsequently removed from the Wechat site.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG RELIGION
RFA’s Uyghur Service reported on October 24, 2016 that China has sent more than 350 officials to Hotan (Hetian, in Chinese) prefecture in Xinjiang for a three-year term to monitor mosques.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CULTURE
A Global Times article on October 30, 2016 commented on what it described as a growing trend among Chinese students in schools in China and observed that "celebrating Western festivals like Halloween and Christmas has become a tradition in many kindergartens".
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW BEIJING MAYOR
Hongkong's SCMP reported on October 30, 2016 that 61-year old Cai Qi, Deputy Director of the Central National Security Commission (CNSC), which was created and chaired by Xi, would replace current Mayor Wang Anshun, who is rumoured to be moving to the Development Research Centre of the State Council, later this year. The report says he could be promoted as Party Secretary of Beijing early next year.
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: XI JINPING DESIGNATED 'CORE' OF LEADERSHIP
On October 27, 2016, after 4 day-long deliberations the Sixth Plenum of the 18th CCP CC agreed to designated Xi Jinping as the 'core' (he xin) of the Party centre, or fifth generation leadership. The Plenum was attended by 197 full members and 151 alternate members of the CCP CC who met under the chairmanship of Xi Jinping. In addition, while endorsing the tough policies implemented by Xi Jinping so far, the 6000-word Plenum document also seemed to clearly hold back from granting Xi Jinping unfettered authority by equally carefully emphasising 'collective leadership' and asserting that 'no party organisation or individual should suppress or undermine intra-party democracy.'
CCAS
Nov 2016

CHINA-AFRICA: ETHIOPIA RAILWAY
Xinhua reported that the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, built at a cost of US$ 40 billion started operations on October 5, 2016. It was described as Africa’s first electric railway and spanning almost 750 km and is China Railway’s first whole-industry chain built to Chinese standards outside China. Meng Fengchao, Chairman of the China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) said "This is a landmark achievement for Belt and Road and China-Africa collaboration".
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
Analysts point out that the DPRK media has not reported on the 67th anniversary of DPRK-PRC diplomatic ties, mentioned the usual congratulations for October 1, sent by Kim Joung-Un, or remarked on thereceptions held by the PRC embassy in Pyongyang in honor of the national day.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: ILHAM TOHTI
A jury of 10 human rights organisations has given the incarcerated Uyghur dissident activist, Ilham Tohti, the 2016 Martin Ennals Award. The award is to be presented in Geneva on October 11, 2016.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-US: CAPITAL FLIGHT AND MIGRATION
The US programme which allows individuals bringing in US$ 500,000 in a project which generates at least 10 jobs and get EB-5 permanent residence visas was fully subscribed for the first time in 2014. EB-5 visas are capped at 10,000 annually. Chinese investors are the biggest users, accounting for 86 per cent of the visas issued last year. The programme presently has a backlog of 18 months comprising almost entirely of Chinese applicants. The latest place to benefit from Chinese cash after New York and California is Miami.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-PLA: UPGRADED J-15 AIRCRAFT
New imagery shows that China's carrier borne fighter, the J-15, will receive major upgrades, which point to gains in not just Chna's engine-making but overall carrier fleet. Derived from the Russian SU-33, the J-15 is crrently in limited production by the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. It is used by the PLA Navy on its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS: ILHAM TOHTI
UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein attended the awards ceremony in Geneva for incarcerated Uyghur activist, Ilham Tohti, on October 12, 2016, where he also spoke. Responding to a question at the weekly press briefing about the UN High Commissioner's attendance, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said ZeidRa'ad al Hussein had ignored the facts, confused right with wrong and "boosted the arrogance of separatists".
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: EX-PLA SOLDIERS PROTEST
Over 1000 retired or demobilised ex-PLA soldiers protested on October 11, 2016, outside the Bayi building in central Beijing, where China's Ministry of National Defence is housed, demanding jobs.Many wore green fatigues bearing the hammer-and-sickle logo of China’s ruling Communist party.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-PUBLIC SECURITY REGULATIONS: JUDICIAL SYSTEM
China introduced a new set of rules called “Provisions Concerning the Collection, Extraction, Review, and Judgment of Electronic Data in the Handling of Criminal Cases” on October 1, 2016. The rules were issued jointly by the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, and the Ministry of Public Security.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-CANADA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Canada's The Globe and Mail reported on September 21, 2016, that China’s security services have been sending undercover agents into Canada on tourist visas to strong-arm expatriates to return home, including some suspected of corruption and other criminal activities.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
In a study of the anti-corruption campaign launched by Xi Jinping four years ago, Ni Xing and Li Zhen at the Institute of Governance and Public Affairs of Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University, state that “If local government is overflowing with corruption, people will gradually shift responsibility for that to the centre as they perceive the centre’s failure of management to have led to such a state of affairs.”
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Chinese magazine Caixin reported on October 9, 2016, that a court in Anyang, Henan province had sentenced 70-year old Bai Enpei, a former Party Secretary of Yunnan and Qinghai provinces between 2000 and 2013 and a former member and Deputy Director of the Environment and Resources Protection Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), to death with a two-year reprieve for bribery. The court also said Bai Enpei will be ineligible for parole or a reduced sentence if his death sentence is commuted to life in prison.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: JUDICIAL REFORM
On September 27, 2016, Zhou Qiang, the Chief Justice of China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and head of the country’s judiciary, announced the debut of an impressive new website, the Chinese Open Trial Network.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: RISE IN BILLIONAIRES IN CHINA
On October 18, 2016, a sharply-worded article in the Global Times cited a new report published by UBS and Pricewaterhouse Coopers on October 11, that claimed that due to China's surging economy, Asia is able to create a billionaire every three days. It said of the 113 Asian billionaires, 80 are from China and joined the billionaire ranks in 2015.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CONSUMER SALES
According to a recent Bain-Kantar China Shopper Report, consumer goods companies in China saw sales plummet to about 3.5% in 2015 from nearly 12% in 2012. Mainly affected were sales of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) like beer and cigarettes, diapers and dish soap. The sharp drop is attributed to China's slowing economy and shifting consumer behavior. China is now described as "a two-speed market", with some categories continuing to prosper while others, such as instant noodles, are getting whacked with sales declines of more than 5%.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOE's DEBT
Latest figures from the Bank for International Settlements state that Chinese companies sit on US$ 18 trillion in debt, equivalent to about 169 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Most of it is held by State-owned Enterprises (SoEs).
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: HU JINTAO
The Party Literature Editing Committee of the CCP CentralCommittee on September 20, 2016, published the selected works of Hu Jintao, former Chinese President and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. It has been published by the People's Publishing House and comprises three volumes and 242 selected works from June 1988 to November 2012.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
After Philippines President Duterte said he would lead a business delegation to Beijing this month after having proposed removing American military advisers from the troubled southern region of Mindanao. and declaring that he was shopping in China and Russia for military supplies readily available in the US, China's Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, said at China's National Day Reception that “The clouds are fading away, the sun is rising over the horizon, and will shine beautifully on the new chapter of bilateral relations.”
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: 12TH BEIJING-TOKYO FORUM
On the occasion of the 12th Beijing-Tokyo Forum, the official Chinese daily 'Global Times' on September 29, 2016, observed that while "officials and experts from both sides are seeking to deepen communication and revamp bilateral ties", "Beijing-Tokyo ties have lingered at a low ebb and could still worsen.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-VATICAN: DALAI LAMA
The BBC reported at 0730 on September 19, 2016, that the Dalai Lama had been excluded from the big inter-faith event in Assisi because of the Vatican wanting better relations with China.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG
Joshua Wong, the student activist who has became a global symbol of the fight for democracy in Hong Kong, is reported to have been detained in Thailand following a request from China.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: VILLAGERS' PROTEST IN WUKAN VILLAGE
The protest by villagers in Wukan village, Guangdong, that had been continuing since June 19, 2016, escalated on September 14 when the police of the Lufeng city removed five journalists from Hong Kong media outlets – Mingpao, the South China Morning Post and HK01 - who tried to report on the on-going protests. Three of the journalists were beaten and taken away while in Wukan village and two were taken away outside of Wukan while they were trying to get into the village. The police held the journalists in custody for five to six hours. The police finally escorted the journalists to Shenzhen.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-EDUCATION: US UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA
In a US Congressional survey of US Universities in China, conducted at the behest of US Rep. Chris Smith, (New Jersey Republican) and released in August 2016, universities reported receiving financial support from Chinese government entities ranging from $1.5 million to over $15 million. Several described the support provided as including classroom space, campus facilities, and student scholarships.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: STRATEGIC OIL RESERVES
A US satellite-imaging firm called Orbital Insight claims that Chinese inventories in May 2016, stood at 600 million barrels. James Crawford, said that for its Chinese analysis the firm went back to images taken from 2010 to 2014 and counted the number of oil storage tanks built and destroyed and came up with a figure of 2,100 storage tanks, far more than the 500 tanks in the industry standard database in TankTerminals.com.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
International property consultant Knight Frank said mainland companies paid a total of US$2.9 billion for Grade-A offices from January to June, representing 64 per cent of the total office sales transactions value in the city.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL CONTROLS AND STABILITY
The CCP CC's General Office and the General Office of the State Council on September 25, 2016 jointly issued the 'Opinions Concerning Acceleration of the Advancement of the Construction of the Institution of the Social Credit Supervision, Warning and Punishment System Against Persons Disciplined for Loss of Credit' (the “Social Credit Opinions”).
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
As of September 2016, 127 civilian tigers (defined as state officials, party cadres, and state-owned enterprise managers holding bureaucratic ranks equal to or above that vice minister) and 86 military tigers (officers holding ranks of major general or above) had been implicated in corruption and are either under investigation or under arrest. These include one former member of the Politburo Standing Committee (Zhou Yongkang); three former members of the Politburo (Bo Xilai (former Party Secretary Chongqing), General Xu Caihou (former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission), and General Guo Boxiong (former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission); and the former Director of the CCP Central Committee General Office (Ling Jihua).
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: SING TAO HINTS AT INFIGHTING IN BEIJING
On October 3, 2016, the Pro-Beijing Hongkong-based Sing Pao newspaper front-paged a commentary denouncing the political syndicate associated with China’s former President Jiang Zemin for allowing the China Liaison Office to 'expand its network of cronies in Hong Kong'.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN LIAONING
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on September 13, 2016, that forty-five of the 94 current National People's congress (NPC) delegates from Liaoning have been expelled from the congress and 523 of the 613 delegates to the Liaoning Provincial People’s Congress have been sacked, including 38 of the 62 members of the Congress’s Standing Committee and Vice Chair Zheng Yuzhou, have been expelled from that body. Xinhua described it as an “unprecedented” scandal involving vote buying and electoral fraud.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP:ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN-TIANJIN
According to an announcement on September 9, 2016, Huang Xingguo, Acting Mayor of Tianjin Municipality has been placed under investigation on 'serious' charges of corruption.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN- GUANGZHOU
A Chinese court jailed Wan Qingliang, former CCP Party Secretarys of Guangzhou for life on September 30, 2016, after finding him guilty of corruption. The latest official to fall in the anti-corruption campaign launched by President Xi Jinping, Wan Qingliang was placed under party investigation in 2014, before being handed over to legal authorities for prosecution.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: NEW TIANJIN PARTY SECRETARY
60-year old Li Hongzhong, the former party chief of Shenzhen, has been appointed the new Municipal Party Secretary in Tianjin, succeeding Huang Xingguo, who was the acting party head for almost two years and also mayor of the northern municipality, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL/LEADERSHIP
To commemorate Mao Zedong's 40th death anniversary on September 9, 2016, tens of thousands of people flocked to the hometown of China's late leader in Shao­shan in Hunan province.
CCAS
Oct 2016

CHINA’S NEW APPOINTMENTS AND THE NEW TIBET PARTY SECRETARY
Weeks after the annual conclave of senior leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at the Beidaihe seaside resort, China’s official news agency Xinhua on August 28, 2016, announced the appointments of six new Party Secretaries. Priority appears to have been given to the Autonomous Regions with three of them getting new leaders. Of interest to India are the appointments of Wu Yingjie as the new Party Secretary for the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Chen Quanguo as the Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and 62-year old Chen Hao as the Party Secretary of Yunnan.
Jayadeva Ranade
Sep 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's highest-ranking officer, Gen. Fan Changlong, is making an inspection visit to the Southern Theater Command, which includes the South China Sea. On July 20, 2016, Fan Changlong ordered officers and others to "profoundly understand the complexity of the grim situation facing our nation's security, step up all preparations for military struggle, ensure that orders are followed, and that we can get there and fight to win."
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INDIA: NON-RENEWAL OF XINHUA JOURNALISTS VISAS
India on July 24, 2016, declined to renew the visas of three Chinese journalists working for China's official Xinhua news agency. The three journalists are: Wu Qiang and Lu Tang, heads of Xinhua’s bureaus in Delhi and Mumbai respectively and She Yonggang, a reporter with Xinhua’s Mumbai bureau. A Ministry of Home Affairs source was quoted as saying that the journalists had travelled to Bengaluru recently for an event where they met Tibetan activists which became an issue. China's official media reaction to this news was sharp and threatening with reports and editorials in the Chinese and English versions of the state-run Global Times declaring on July 25, 2016, that 'If New Delhi is really taking revenge due to the NSG membership issue, there will be serious consequences'.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INDIA: PLA JOINT PATROLS WITH PAK ARMY IN XINJIANG
The People's Daily published a 12-photograph pictorial report on July 21, 2016, which depicted soldiers from Pakistan and China ostentatiously posing for photographs at various locations along the shared border. The caption with the photos read: “A frontier defense regiment of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in Xinjiang, along with a border police force from Pakistan, carries out a joint patrol along the China-Pakistan border.”
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-PLA: SPACE
According to the the official PLA Daily and Space Daily of June 25, 2016, China will send its second orbiting space lab, Tiangong-2, into space in mid-September then send two astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-11 spacecraft to dock with Tiangong-2 in mid-October. The Tiangong-2 and Shenzhou-11 will be carried by the Long March-2F carrier rocket. In April 2017, the country's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou-1, will be launched by the Long March-7. The latter was successfully tested this month and is expected to become the main carrier for space launches. The Long March-7, which is over a hundred meters in length and nearly 10 meters in diameter, will carry manned lunar missions until 2031.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-CLEAN ENERGY
A study in the journal Nature Energy of June 20, 2016, states that China is on track to generate more than a quarter of its electricity from wind power by 2030. As of 2015, China's 145GW of installed wind capacity eclipsed both Europe and the U.S. and within 14 years more new generating capacity – mostly clean energy – will come online in China than currently exists in the entire U.S. The Guardian quoted the co-author of the Nature Energy 's study as saying "China is now the world's wind energy leader by a fairly large margin. With more extensive reforms leading China to transition to spot markets and allowing electricity providers to reflect the marginal costs of wind generation, China's clean energy potential could be further increased."
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-XINJIANG'S UYGHURS: ISIS AND TERRORISM
China's state media has claimed that 300 Chinese Muslims are fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and authorities have blamed the violence emanating from Xinjiang on radical Islamist ideology and residents’ ties to foreign terrorist networks. New documents leaked by an Islamic State defector in early 2016, suggest that Beijing is correct about the scale of UYghur involvement with the militant movement.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: FLOODS
The Hebei government reported that flooding in northern Hebei province has killed 114 people and led to direct losses of 16.4 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) to the economy. In a statement released on July 24, 2016, it said at least 308,900 people have been evacuated and 111 are missing. About 53,000 houses have collapsed from the floods and 30,000 hectares of crop have been destroyed.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Chinese President paid a 3-day (July 18-20, 2016) inspection visit to the Ningxia-Hui Autonomous Region when he specially travelled to Guyuan City and Yinchuan City, home to many Chinese Muslims and people from the Hui ethnic minority group.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CURBS ON CHRISTIANITY
The Christianity Daily reported on July 6, 2016, that China's Zhejiang provincial government has implemented a new law for some of the churches to hand over all their income and donations to the authorities.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The South China Morning Post reported on July 8, 2016, that General Tian Xiusi, 66, former Political Commissar in the PLA Air Force and member of the CCP's 18th Central Committee, has been placed under “shuanggui". A book published earlier this year by Chen Xi, a former official in a department affiliated with the former Lanzhou Military Command, alleges that Tian Xiusi paid 50 million yuan (HK$58 million) to the disgraced former military chief Guo Boxiong to secure the position of Political Commissar in 2012.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY
The Nanning Evening News and Nanning Radio on July 1, 2016, announced that new rules had been promulgated requiring that overseas chinese who do not stay at regular hotels must report to the police within 24 hours or risk being detained and fined upto US$ 10,000.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY ORGANISATION
The CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD) has very recently established a new, 8th Bureau to target work on the "new social class".
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-GERMANY: CYBER ATTACKS/HACKING
A report released by the German Intelligence Service 'Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz' on June 28, 2016, claimed to have ddetected Chinese attacks targetted at Germany. It described the Chinese attacks as a little bit broader than that of the Russians.They focused on industrial espionage and a broad range of political interests, including German support for ethnic, religious and pro-democratic groups in China such as the Uighurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong and proponents of an 'independent' Taiwan.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-RUSSIA: ECONOMY
China is Russia's single largest source of foreign capital with US$ 18 billion in loans.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-RUSSIA: BILATERAL RELATIONS
While, according to a report in USA's Jamestown Foundation, Russian President Putin is eager to confirm that Russia’s positions on key international issues are close to the Chinese, and he promises to fully support Beijing in organizing the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, this September (RIA Novosti, June 25), this warmth in bilateral relations is not borne out by a survey of Russian public opinion.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY AND TRADE
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC)'s United Front Work Department (UFWD) has warned the San Francisco-based Cloudflare company that cooperates with dominant Chinese search engine company Baidu that it should stop providing internet service to some websites run by Tibetans and Uigurs that the Chinese government considers to be separatist.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
A recent Report by the National Committee on US-China Relations and the New York-based Rhodium Group said Chinese firms are generating jobs in the US and addied about 13,000 employees to their payrolls in 2015, up 12 percent from 2014. It stated that approx 90,000 Americans are now employed by Chinese affiliated U.S. companies, a threefold increase in three years.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/IDEOLOGY
The July 2016 issue of the Chinese Communist Party ideological journal Qiushi [Seeking Truth] published an Interview with Zhang Shunhong, Chairman of the World History Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP AND THE PARTY
At a rally on June 1, 2016, to mark the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s 95th founding anniversary, Chinese President and Party General Secretary Xi Jinping emphasised that the CCP must adhere to its Marxist roots and strictly prevent its members from becoming corrupt, otherwise it will lose power. Stating that China should maintain the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, he said that we should firmly believe that socialism with Chinese characteristics is the system that will guarantee China's social development, and it has advantages and self-improvement ability. He addressed the need for Marxism and to update the theoretical work of the Party.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL DECISION
The tribunal hearing the Philippines v. China case on the South China Sea has announced that it will issue its award on July 12, 2016.
CCAS
Jul 2016

BREXIT: OTHER CHINESE REACTIONS
A Chinese working in a business association helping investment overseas, recently said that she thought Chinese investment to the UK would fall because the UK had always been seen as the gateway to Europe. She then added that Chinese would be selling their houses in London and buying in Berlin. Elsewhere, ordinary Chinese (even ordinary Chinese, and not only the rich elite, seem to have foreign exchange savings) are selling Pounds and the Euro.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-REACTION TO BREXIT
The Party-owned Global Times on June 24, 2016, adopted a tone of qualified triumphalism and questioned the wisdom of using a democracy to settle the question. It said: 'The center of the world was once in the Atlantic, with its most developed components, the U.S. and the U.K, located on either side. Today, as East Asia has developed and flourished rapidly over recent decades the center of gravity has moved to the Pacific. Europe has not progressed; it has become the world’s museum and tourist destination, and it has a few decent school districts.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-DALAI LAMA: MEETING WITH POP STAR LADY GAGA
A sharply worded article in the Global Times on June 29, 2016, criticised the US pop star Lady Gaga for publicising via video her recent 19-minute meeting with the Dalai Lama and hinted that she would not be allowed access to the huge Chinese market. The article said the "Dalai Lama is both a religious and political figure. His role as a "dissident leader" and a saboteur of socialist China is the fundamental reason for his popularity in the West. The Dalai Lama skillfully bonds religion with politics, always presenting himself as a spiritual leader, but in the meantime selling his political schemes and damaging the unity of Chinese society." It added "The Dalai Lama is the most politicized religious figure in the world. Western leaders' meetings with him have long been defined as a highly sensitive political behavior. This will inevitably affect how the public feels, including how 1.3 billion Chinese feel, if celebrities from each part of the world have contact with the Dalai Lama, or publicly show their worship of him. Although Lady Gaga did not discuss politics with the Dalai Lama, still, ordinary people in China find it hard to accept her showering high praise on him in this way." (Comments: Some months ago China had reacted sharply to some popular Chinese artistes attending a religious ceremony organised by the Karma Kagyu sect in Bodh Gaya, India where representatives of the Dalai Lama were present.)
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA-DETENTION OF JOURNALISTS
The Committee to Protect Journalists reported on June 28, 2016, that Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, two journalists who systematically document protests on social media websites, were detained on June 16, 2016 by police in Dali, Yunnan province, on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble." Xu Hui, a writer and friend of Lu, told CPJ that the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Detention Center confirmed to him that Lu and Li were being held in the center when he visited on June 25.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA--INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA-PUNISHMENT OF JOURNALIST
The Beijing Xicheng District People’s Court on June 27, 2016, ordered Hong Zhenkuai, the former Chief Editor of the influential political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu to apologise for challenging an official account of history. Hong Zhenkuai cast doubt on the story of the “Five Warriors of Mount Langyashan”, who allegedly jumped off a cliff while fighting the Japanese during World War II rather than surrender. He said two had not. Their two sons who were the plaintiffs, Ge Changsheng and Song Fubao, 'along with those of the Chinese people as a whole ' said that he had “tarnished their reputation and honour” and hurt their feelings.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA-QIUSHI EDITOR'S SUICIDE
The online edition of the Party's official newspaper People's Daily, reported that 56-year old Zhu Tiezhi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Party theoretical journal Qiushi died on the morning of June 26, 2016. Wile it did not state the cause of death, other reports claimed that he apparently committed suicide after becoming depressed over growing infighting between government reformists and conservatives nostalgic about less corrupt times under the rule of the late Chairman Mao Zedong. Zhu Tiezhi was discovered to have hanged himself in the office's garage around 1 am the next day, according to Caixin.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL; LEADERSHIP
China's official newsagency Xinhua on June 30, 2016, announced the appointment of Xu Lin, Deputy Director at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) since June last year and formerly propaganda chief of Shanghai, as Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs. He will take over from 56-year old Lu Wei,  the high-profile cyber chief who famously met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a visit to the US in 2014, who will retain his position as a Deputy Director in the CCP CC's Propaganda Department.
CCAS
Jul 2016

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A People's Daily commentary on June 27, 2016, warned that 'China is fully capable of removing a Philippine naval vessel set up as a permanent base in a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, but has so far shown restraint.'
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Capital flight and a weakening currency remain great concerns for the Chinese government, but halting them will not be easy because they are rooted in some fundamental flaws in the country. Chinese investment in foreign countries surged 62% on the year to $73.5 billion in the January-May period, surpassing foreign investment inside China. This development has prompted the Ministry of Commerce to evaluate the possible impact. "We are studying whether this will create certain short-term risks," Shen Danyang, a spokesperson at the ministry, said during a news conference in Beijing on June 17.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
AFP news agency quoting a Chinese official reported on June 23, 2016, that Chinese banks have written off more than $300 billion of bad loans in the past three years as Beijing seeks to reassure investors that the country can cope with its mounting debt problem. Wang Shengbang, a high-ranking official with the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), said the country's banks had seen their non-performing loan ratios rise consistently for four and a half years, reaching 1.75 percent at the end of March. But they were well-prepared to handle the losses and domestic lenders had written off two trillion yuan ($304 billion) of bad loans over the past three years.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-VENEZUELA: RENEGOTIATION OF LOAN
China is renegotiating loans worth US$ 25 billion given to Venezuela, which it once viewed as a US counterweight in the Americas. Beijing, which has already extended the repayment schedules for debts, has also sent unofficial envoys to hold talks with Venezuela’s opposition.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: CYBER HACKING
The New York Times reported on june 20, 2016 that the iSight intelligence unit of FireEye, a company that manages large network breaches, concluded recently that there has been a sharp drop in the almost daily raids on Silicon Valley firms, military contractors and other commercial targets. Kevin Mandia, the founder of Mandiant and now part of FireEye, which first detailed the activities of a People’s Liberation Army cyber-arm, called Unit 61398, that had been responsible for some of the most highly publicized thefts of American technology said “We still see semiconductor companies and aerospace firms attacked” but the daily barrage of attacks has diminished.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
There is renewed uncertainty about the international tribunal’s ruling over territorial claims in the South China Sea after the Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific Institute of International Law challenged the case that the Philippines has brought against China. The Asia-Pacific Institute of International, headed by Daniel R. Fung filed a 41-page legal document.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-SERBIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
On June 17, 2016, Xinhua reported the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan -- first by a top Chinese leader in 32 years -- to the memorial for the 3 Chinese killed in the May 1999 US bombing of the PRC embassy in Belgrade. This was Xi Jinping's first public engagement during the visit and was given prominent coverage on CCTV. The last 60 seconds of the CCTV report makes it clear the US was behind the bombing.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: OBOR
Xinhua reported Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying in an address to the Uzbek Parliament on June 22, 2016, that China’s trade with countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative surpassed 1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2015, accounting for a quarter of its total foreign trade.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
On June 19, 2016, the People's Daily published on page 5 a lengthy article entitled “Grasping the Important Position of News and Public Opinion Work”  by Tian Jin, Deputy Director of China’s State Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT), as part of a series on the “study and implementation” of Xi Jinping’s February 19 speech on the media. The article gives a noticeably harder edge to Xi jinping’s already hard language on the media .The main points in Tian Jin's article are:
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported on June 15, 2016, that Chinese organizers have cancelled an invitation to a children's choir who performed Taiwan's national anthem at last month's inauguration of the island's new president. It said the Puzangalan Choir made up of children from Taiwan's native Paiwan aboriginal tribe were due to perform at a festival in southern China's Guangdong province on July 20. It quoted the choir's musical director Wu Sheng-ying as saying the Chinese organizers informed the choir one week after they appeared at the May 20 inauguration of Tsai Ing-wen.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Also on June 15, 2016, the Japanese government separately said that a separate Chinese navy observation ship entered its territorial waters south of its southern Kyushu island. China said it was acting within the law and following the principle of freedom of navigation. Meanwhile, Captain Gregory C. Huffman, commander of the Stennis, told reporters aboard the carrier after it recovered its F-18 jet fighters taking part in the exercise that "There is a Chinese vessel about seven to 10 miles away". The Chinese ship had followed the U.S. vessel from the South China Sea, he added.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On June 15, 2016, Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock, commander of the US Navy's Stennis strike group, said Chinese warships closely followed the powerful USS John C. Stennis carrier strike group from nearly the minute it entered the disputed South China Sea on a regular patrol in early March. He said “We did see PLAN ships quite routinely throughout the South China Sea. In fact, we were in constant visual contact with at least one PLAN ship at any one time, 24/7.” He described it as a major departure from recent years.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: TIBET/DALAI LAMA
Reacting promptly to US President Obama's closed-door meeting in the White House with the Dalai Lama on June 15, 2016, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a daily news briefing on June 16, 2016, that "Tibet affairs are China's domestic affairs and no foreign country has the right to interfere."
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-INDIA:ECONOMY
Global Times on June 16, 2016 reported that China's official data showed that its trade with India totaled $71.64 billion in 2015, well below the ambitious $100 billion mark the two countries had envisioned for last year. It said "worryingly for India, its trade deficit with China rose to a whopping $45 billion last year, as its exports to China plunged by more than 18 percent".
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
As part of the effort to streamline the government and simplify procedures for business, Xinhua reported that a State Council's executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on June 15, 2016, announced it would invalidate hundreds of outdated documents to tackle conflicts between policy and regulations or between previous and present policy documents.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION/ZHOU YONGKANG
China’s Central Television reported that the Yichang City People’s Intermediate Court of Hubei Province, handed down a nine-year term to Jia Xiaoye, whose husband, Zhou Yongkang, former PBSC Member and until 2012 one of China’s most powerful officials. His son by a previous marriage, Zhou Bin, received an 18-year prison sentence from the same court. The court’s official social media site announced Ms. Jia’s sentence on June 8, but it was reported by China’s state news media only on June 15.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-CANADA: CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER'S REBUKE TO CANADIAN JOURNALIST
At the jpint press conference of the Chinese and Canadian Foreign Ministers in Ottawa on June 1, 2016, a Canadian journalist who asked the Canadian Foreign Minister a question about a Canadian couple, Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt, who were detained in China in 2014.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PUBLICITY COOPERATION
Xinhua reported on May 28, 2016 that at least six media cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed between Chinese and Australian media outlets on May 27 in Sydney. The agreements involve Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, China Radio International, People's Daily Website, and Qingdao Publishing Group on the Chinese side, and University of Technology Sydney, Fairfax Media, Sky News Australia, Global CAMG, and Weldon International on the Australian side.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA: TAIWAN-JAPAN RELATIONS
Soon after taking over as President on May 20, 2016, there are indications that Ms Tsai Ing-wen appears to be reorienting Taiwan towards Japan. She has appointed DPP heavyweights Frank Hsieh Chang-ting as Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Tokyo and Chiou Yi-jen has been appointed to direct Taiwan-Japan relations from Taipei.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-US: TRADE INVESTIGATIONS OF HUAWEI
The United States Commerce Department is demanding that the company, based in the south China city of Shenzhen, turn over all information regarding the export or re-export of American technology to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, according to a subpoena sent to Huawei and viewed by The New York Times. The subpoena is part of an investigation into whether Huawei broke United States export controls.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
According to a Xinhua report of May 31, 2016, The People's Bank of China (PBOC) injected 55 billion yuan (US$8.3 billion) into the money market on May 31, 2016, to ease a liquidity strain. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) conducted 120 billion yuan of seven-day reverse repurchase agreements (repo), a process in which central banks purchase securities from banks with an agreement to resell them in the future.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-RELIGION: XINJIANG
China's State Council issued a White Paper on June 3, 2016, that said religious freedom in China's Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region was unparalleled. It disclosed that there are now 24,000 mosques, 59 Buddhist temples and 277 Christian churches in the region.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-PLA: ADIZ IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The South China Morning Post reported on June 1, 2016, that China is preparing an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, two years after it announced a similar one in the East China Sea, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army and a defence report. But one source said the timing of any declaration would ­depend on security conditions in the region, particularly the United States’ military presence and diplomatic ties with neighbouring countries.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Some key promotions of cadres close to Chinese President Xi Jinping were effected recently. Lin Duo, considered a protege of Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) Chairman Wang Qishan, was appointed Governor of Gansu province in April.
CCAS
Jun 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
The state-run Global Times on May 23, 2016, rejected the view voiced in certain US and Chinese media that Russia's position in its declaration with ASEAN is close to that of the US, thus adding pressure on China.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-EUROPE: ECONOMIC INVESTMENT
According to the Rhodium Group, between 2000–14 Chinese companies spent $52 billion on direct investments in the 28 member states of the EU. Investments increased after the sovereign debt crisis when European assets could be bought at reduced prices. The largest beneficiaries of Chinese FDI were Europe’s ‘Big 3’ countries: $13.8 billion was invested in the UK; $7.8 billion in Germany; and $6.7 billion in France. In 2015 Italy became the largest recipient of Chinese FDI with the sale of Pirelli to ChemChina. Competition between EU member states to attract Chinese FDI may give Beijing increased influence and leverage.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
Reacting to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's speech at her inaugration on May 20, 2016, the spokesman of the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO), Ma Xiaoguang said on May 21 that “Only by confirming adherence to the common political foundation of the 1992 consensus that embodies the one-China principle can cross-strait affairs authorities continue regular communication.”
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOE REFORM
The official news agency Xinhua reported on May 19, 2016, that at an executive meeting of the State Council chaired by Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on May 19, it was decided that 345 "zombie companies," which are all subsidiaries of the 106 centrally-administered SOEs, will be reorganized or left to the market within three years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA
A lengthy PLA Daily article on May 23, 2016, summarising Chinese President Xi Jinping's vision for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said he had ordered the military to boost its battlefield capabilities and address its weaknesses to cope with the more complicated security challenges caused by the nation’s growing stature in the world. Xi Jinping said if nothing was done to improve the force’s capabilities it would not be able to deal with the growing national security risks associated with the country’s ­rising economic might.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PUBLIC SECURITY
Xinhua reported on May 22, 2016 that after a meeting chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on May 22, 2016, Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun urged police bureaus around the country to understand the “significance and urgency” to standardise law enforcement practice.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-KENYA: POLICE COOPERATION
Kenya's The Standard reported on May 3, 2016, that the police in Nairobi, Kenya have paid an undisclosed amount to acquire riot gear from China. The items include special protective gear, clubs, and 20 anti-riot water cannons. the shipment was unloaded from Port Mombasa and driven aboard trailers under an armed escort. In February, China supplied Kenya 30 armored personnel carriers and 25 mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles at an unknown cost.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ZIMBABWE: ECONOMY c
Zimbabwe's Financial Gazette on April 21, 2016, quoted An official of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) as saying that "We have seen Chinese from Zimbabwe with suitcases depositing cash with a Chinese bank in Johannesburg. It's not just the currency, it's also ivory and precious stones". He said in 2015, US$ 684 million was “externalized” from Zimbabwe "for various dubious and unwarranted purposes.” Last year the Chinese diamond mining firm Jinan Mining took some $546 million offshore. George Guvamatanga at Barclays Bank Zimbabwe said: "[Chinese] are taking the cash outside the country and depositing it with their banks in South Africa,” which are said to offer more services.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The Pentagon disclosed on May 18, 2016, that two Chinese fighter jets carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea on May 17, 2016, as the U.S. maritime patrol aircraft carried out "a routine U.S. patrol." The incident, which is a further escalation of tensions in the area, comes a week after China scrambled fighter jets as a U.S. Navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea. The intercept is also days before President Barack Obama travels to parts of Asia from May 21-28, which will include a Group of Seven summit in Japan and his first trip to Vietnam.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-TIBET: CHENGDU-LHASA RAILWAY
The 1600-kms (1000-mile) Sichuan-Tibet Railway that has been included in the Thirteenth Five Year Plan will cross 14 mountains -- two of them higher than Mont Blanc western Europe’s highest mountain -- to climb 14,000 metres up to Lhasa (about 3,200 metres) which is 10,500 feet higher than Chengdu.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-EDUCATION: INNOVATION
In the past 15 years, China has more than doubled the percentage of its gross domestic product that it spends on research and development (R&D). National, provincial and local governments offer generous funding for almost anything related to innovation and entrepreneurship, and education reforms mean that schools are encouraged to foster the next generation of innovators.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA/SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Gary King, Margaret Roberts and Jennifer Pan of Harvard University in a study released this month (May 2016) and titled 'How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument', estimated that the Chinese government fabricates and posts about 488 million social media comments a year, indicating a high level of coordination on the part of the government. Their sample finds that more than 99% of the fifty-cent party comments analysed originate from government offices, rather than freelance fifty-centers.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA/ABOLISHING OF COMMERCIAL VENTURES
The Phoenix Weekly, state-run Global Times and official Xinhua on May 5, 2016, reported that China's Central Military Commission is planning to gradually terminate all the military's commercial activities. Seen as the toughest move against military commercialization in China's history, they said this new step will put an end to a practice that has existed for three decades, has long been a hotbed for corruption and has led to many top generals falling in disgrace due to dodgy real estate deals in recent years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL/CULTURAL REVOLUTION
The official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) the ' People's Daily' on May 17, 2016, categorically stated that Mao Zedong had made a "mistake" in launching the Cultural Revolution and that it had been as a "grave mistake" in launching the 'Cultural Revolution' which had then been misused by 'counter-revolutionary' groups bringing "civil strife and serious disaster" and that the damage it had caused had been "comprehensive and serious".
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Wenxuecity and Duowei reported on May 18 and 19, 2016 respectively that Hong Kong's "Trends" magazine reported in its May issue that the Chairman of the CDIC and PBSC Member Wang Qishan, has started another round of anti-corruption activity.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: US INVESTMENT IN CHINESE TAXI COMPANY
Didi Chuxing, the Beijing-based ride-hailing firm that rivals Uber in China (also referred to as Didi Kuaidi), announced it has received a strategic investment of US$ 1 billion from Apple. “We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons, including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market,” Apple CEO Tim Cook told Reuters. “Of course, we believe it will deliver a strong return for our invested capital over time as well.” In a conference call, Didi president Jean Liu said that Apple’s investment comes as part of an ongoing funding round for Didi that has yet to close. The deal was finalized at “lightning speed,” she says. Liu met Cook for the first time less than a month ago, in Cupertino, California.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMIC TIES
According to a study released in October 2015 by the National Committee on United States-China Relations and Rhodium Group, between 2000 to 2014, Chinese firms spent nearly US$ 46 billion on new establishments and acquisitions in the U.S., most of it in the past five years. Chinese-affiliated companies now directly employ more than 80,000 Americans. If the U.S. continues to be a major recipient of China’s booming outward investment, it could receive between $100-200 billion of investment by 2020.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
On March 19, 2016, the Holy See announced that Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell, a 57-year old US citizen from Greenfield, Mass., had been appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey and Turkmenistan. Monsignor Paul Fitzpatrick Russell was a charge d'affairs in Taipei.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA: TIBET MILITARY COMMAND-INDIA
A report in the state-run Global Times on May 13, 2016, said that the Tibet Military Command had been placed under direct command of the PLA --- and that its political status had been raised. It quoted a Chinese military analyst as saying: "After the [recent] military reform, most of the provincial military commands are now under the control of the newly established National Defense Mobilization Department of the Central Military Commission, and their priority is to the region's militia reserves and conscription
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: IMPACT OF SLOWDOWN ON PROVINCES
China's economic slowdown has particularly adversely affected China's industrial northeastern provinces namely Jilin, Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Shanxi. All four reported the lowest economic growth of all Chinese provinces for the first quarter of 2016. Liaoning, was badly hit with the economy shrinking by 1.3 per cent compared to the first quarter of the previous year, placing the province at the bottom of the ladder.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CAPITAL FLIGHT
Writing in the New York Times on May 10, 2016, Murong Xuecun said "In the last year, as the stock markets have tumbled and the renminbi has slowly lost value, many Chinese people have been trying to find ways to move money abroad.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: XI JINPING'S EXPLANATION OF 'SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS'
People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the CCP, published the official explanation of President Xi Jinping’s hallmark economic policy on May 11, 2016. Thes explanation – a 20,000-character transcript of Xi Jinping's speech made in January to principal ministerial and provincial officials, occupied two pages in the newspaper – and is the most comprehensive elaboration of Xi Jinping's thinking on the Chinese economy’s past, present and future and its role in the global economy since he became the country’s leader more than three years ago.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTESTS IN JIANGSU
Reports and videos of several thousand parents outraged at sudden cuts in quotas for admission to top tier universities for students passing the the 'gaokao' (centralised school admission examinations) are circulating on WeChat. 38,000 students of Jiangsu province are affected with their chances of admission to top tier universities diminishing.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW AND ORDER
The death in police custody of a young father Lei Yang, has sparked outrage online. Lei Yang's family say that he left to pick up a relative from the airport between 8:30 and 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. At 10:09 p.m. he was admitted to the hospital.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: FOREIGN CONSULTANT
47-year-old, Cairo-born and British educated El-Shahat has been advising the Chinese Propaganda authorities since 2007 on how to better communicate with foreign audiences. He was contracted from 2008-2010 to provide communications training to government officials and state-industry executives. El-Shahat is a British national as is his sister, Samah,who joined him full-time in 2012. Shewas earlier a TV presenter in Al Jazeera. El-Shahat's company, with 19 staff, operates from offices in Beijing and London.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PROPAGANDA
The CCP CC's Propaganda Department recently reprimanded the state-run Global Times for exaggerating its reports covering Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, South China Sea, and US issues. The official criticism was prompted by an opinion poll recently published by Global Times which said 85% of the respondents support the military invasion of Taiwan. The paper was ordered to readjust within a month.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
A Global Times article on May 12, 2016, publicised details of the functioning of the the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), the Party's anti-corruption outfit.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP CC's PROPAGANDA DEPARTMENT LIFTS BAN ON TV SERIALS ON FIGHTING CORRUPTION
China’s media regulators have lifted a long-standing ban on the production and prime-time broadcast of television dramas featuring high-level corruption, clearing the way for harder-hitting content not seen since 2004.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-POLITICAL: COMMUNIST YOUTH LEAGUE (CYL)
Xinhua online (Xinmin.cn) and the Cyl website (CCYL.org) reported on May 2, 2016, and April 15, 2016 respectively that the CYL’s budget for 2016 had been brought down to 306.27 million yuan, representing a cut of almost 50 percent compared to that of last year. They also disclosed that the China Youth University of Political Studies (CYUPS)—which is responsible for training cadres within the CYL system—is expected to curtail its student enrollment from September this year.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
The China News Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website reported on May that 56-year old Zhang Kunsheng, an Assistant Foreign Minister originally from Shanxi province and who has been posted at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, has been dismissed and put under investigation on suspicion "of violating discipline".
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
A rumour circulating in Beijing claims the pro-Xi faction is proposing a strategy for further centralisation of power by Xi Jinping, namely: abolishing the institution of the Politburo Standing Committee at the 19th Party Congress, thus making Xi into an overall dictator, and also pledging to lift the restrictions on political parties and the press, completing a political transition within 15 years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-SOUTH AFRICA
Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co, one of China's largest automakers in terms of sales, plans to produce up to 100,000 vehicles at its new manufacturing base in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2018. The $773 million project is said to be one of the largest Chinese corporate investments in Africa up to now.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-EGYPT
The China State Construction Engineering Corp. has signed an agreement with Egyptian authorities to build a US$ 45 billion administrative and business capital outside Cairo. While the details of the deal are still unclear, construction has apparently already begun.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ALGERIA
Ahmed Madani, an adviser to Algeria's Minister of Housing, disclosed on May 6, 2016 that a Chinese firm is constructing the Djamaa El Djazair mosque is being built facing the picturesque bay of Algiers. The complex will include a one-million book library, a Qu’ranic school and a museum of Islamic art and history. The mosque will have a 265-metre high minaret - the world's tallest - and a prayer hall capable of accommodating up to 120 000 worshippers and be completed by 2017. The cost of the mosque complex is estimated at 1.2 billion euros (US$1.4 billion).
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR DAI BINGGUO'S BOOK 'STRATEGIC DIALOGUES'
Dai Bingguo, China's Special Representative (SR) in the over 15 rounds of boundary talks with four Indian Special Representatives (SR) between 2003 and his retirement in 2013, published his book 'Strategic Dialogues' in Beijing in late April (in Mandarin). The book reveals:
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION-ISLAM
In the run-up to the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, Chinese public security authorities have stepped up surveillance on Muslim minorities and Muslims residing in China. According to reports, in the past month the PSB has for visited some Iranians residing for many years in Hangzhou on at least four occasions
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-IDEOLOGY: HONGKONG'S 'LEFTISTS'
Hundreds of 'Leftists' reportedly gathered on April 30-May 2, 2016, at the Regal Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong Oriental Hotel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution. Organised by the Mao Zedong Thought Society of Hong Kong, they issued a resolution praising Mao's contributions and declaring that "Our cause is just, just cause any enemy unassailable! Our aim must be to achieve! Our aim will be achieved!"
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on May 5, 2016 that China's military has for the first time sent dedicated teams of 'corruption inspectors' into its units. Xu Qiliang, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, which controls the military, told the inspectors they were fulfilling an important role in cleaning up and strengthening the armed forces, Xinhua quoted Xu Qiliang as saying "Keep firmly in mind the expectations and great trust of Chairman Xi."
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
On May 9, 2016, the People's Daily published a lengthy 11, 360-character article quoting an “authoritative person’s” opinions on China’s macroeconomic development and policies. It was promptly reproduced in Caixing online.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China named Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao to a senior position in the Communist Party’s elite financial and economic panel led by President Xi Jinping, giving him a bigger role in shaping policies to help support growth. 62-year old Zhu Guangyao, is also a Deputy Director of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs, according to an April 28 article published by the Chinese Academy of Governance.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-GERMANY
Writing prior to German Chancellor Merkel's visit to China in June and later for the G-20 Summit this September, an assessment in Foreign Affairs issue of May 3, 2016, by Klaus Larres, the Richard M. Krasno Distinguished Professor of History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently a Visiting Fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, (Germany’s leading think tank on security and international affairs) revealed that, based on 2013 figures, roughly 45 percent of the EU’s exports to China come from Germany and that Germany accounts for 28 percent of EU imports from China.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: PUBLIC OPINION POLL BY PEW
Public opinion poll results released by the Pew Research Centre on May 5, 2016, showed little change in the US in concerns over China and Russia. Only about a quarter of Americans (23%) viewed China as an “adversary” of the United States, while an identical percentage (23%) said the same about Russia. Pluralities describe both countries as serious problems but not adversaries (44% each). These opinions have changed little in recent years.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: US-CHINA TRADE
U.S. goods trade deficit with China fell 5.4 percent year-on-year In the first quarter of 2016,due to weaker imports.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY-PORK PRICES
In April 2016, Chinese wholesale pork prices climbed to over RMB 26 per kilogram, an increase of over 43 percent year-on-year and around 8 percent higher than in March 2016.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
From this April, the Chinese authorities have cracked down on overt Jewish ceremonies. The Jewish Passover seder, led in Hebrew by Barnaby Yeh, a Jewish Chinese American, was not allowed in Kaifeng.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTIVENESS AMONG TIBETANS
RFA’s Tibetan Service reported on May 6, 2016, that Sonam Tso, believed to have been in her 50s, self-immolated on March 23 near a monastery in Dzoege (in Chinese, Ruo’ergai) county in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: DEMOCRACY DEBATE
On April 20, 2016, Yu Keping, Chair of Politics and Professor and Dean at the School of Government at Peking University, wrote in 'The Conversation' that "Everyone fears that advancing democracy will cause a loss of order and will bring social unrest.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on April 28, 2016, CDIC inspectors between November-December 2015 found that more than 300 cadres of China's National Bureau of Statistics profited by charging fees for providing data, research and other services. Party authorities have asked the cadres to return 3.23 million yuan ($496,865) for providing unauthorized data services.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Following an outcry against a concert staged by the Fifty-Six Flowers troupe and the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre, which is directly under the Ministry of Culture, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 2, 2016, the performers are refusing to take responsibility for the event.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The People's Daily on April 22, 2016, published a toughly worded article on US military activities in the South China Sea by retired PLA Rear Admiral Luo Yuan, presently Executive Vice President and Secretary General of the Chinese Strategic Culture Association. In the article, Luo Yuan said: “The Military’s core function is to focus on how to fight; it is to be able to fight and to win the war. There is no such thing as 'hawks' or 'doves' [in the military].
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on May 2, 2016, that in what was supposed to be a friendly lunch in Tokyo on April 12, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua complained to Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki about a statement on maritime security issued the day before by the Foreign Ministers of the G-7 countries.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER KISHIDA'S VISIT TO BEIJING
During the meeting between Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on April 30, 2016, China firmly informed Japan that for improved ties there could be "no ambiguity or vacillation" in meeting Beijing's demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-PLA
Xinhua reported ON aPRIL 25, 2016, that a People’s Liberation Army Senior Officials Military Reform Seminar was held for the first time from April 18 to 22, 2016, in Beijing.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW ON NGOs
On April 28, 2016, the 20th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People's Congress adopted a law to regulate the activities of foreign NGOs in China. The law will become effective in January 2017.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY DISCIPLINE
Outspoken Chinese tycoon and CPPCC member Ren Zhiqiang has been placed on a year's probation for remarks that ran counter to major Communist Party policies. In a notice issued on May 2, 2016, the Party Committee of Beijing’s Xicheng district said that Ren Zhiqiang, the former head of Hua Yuan Property, had been placed on probation for seriously violating political discipline. (Comment: Ren Zhiqiang is a friend of PBSC Member Wang Qishang and reportedly of Xi Jinping.)
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS ON ACADEMIC RESEARCH
Qiushi, the authoritative Party theoretical journal, on May 1, 2016, published the full transcript of a high-level meeting held in December 2015 to improve the Central Party School's work.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING'S COMMENTS ON PARTY DISCIPLINE
On May 3, 2016, the CCP's mouthpiece 'People's Daily' and China's official news agency Xinhua published the full text of Xi Jinping's speech at a plenary session of the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), which mapped out the anti-graft work for 2016, and was held in January in Beijing.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: YASUKUNI SHRINE
China criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offering at the Yasukuni Shrine during the shrine's Spring Festival on April 22, 2016.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
As China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi tries to minimise weakening of China's claims over the South China Sea and extent of diplomatic isolation following any adverse judgement by the International Tribunal, there are reports of construction of military facilities by China in South China Sea islands.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ASEAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Vientiane on April 24, 2016, that China had reached “an important consensus” with Brunei, Cambodia and Laos.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-CONFERENCE ON INTERACTION AND CONFIDENCE BUILDING MEASURES IN ASIA(CICA)
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Fifth regular Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) scheduled for April 28, 2016 in Beijing. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang also said that Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the opening ceremony.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: HYPERSONIC GLIDE VEHICLE
Writing in the Washington Free Beacon on April 27, 2016, US journalist Bill Gertz reported that "China successfully flight tested its new high-speed maneuvering warhead last week, days after Russia carried out its own hypersonic glider test, according to Pentagon officials.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CENTRAL PARTY WORK CONFERENCE
Addressing the 2-day Central Party Work Conference that concluded in Beijing on April 23, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping said religious affairs carry "special importance" in the work of the CCP and the central government, and that the CCP's religious policies and theories had been proven right through past practices.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL SECURITY STUDY CAMPAIGN
The CCP CC's Organization and Publicity Departments jointly issued a circular urging relevant authorities to hold forums, lectures, discussions and other activities among CCP members to promote their understanding of the core tenet of the overall national security outlook.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
A statement posted on the website of Wenling City’s Commission for Discipline Inspection disclosed that Mu Yifei, who was a Deputy Propaganda Department Chief and Section Head of the Party school in Wenling, Zhejiang province, has been issued a severe warning.
CCAS
May 2016

CHINA-ASEAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Xinhua quoted Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as saying at a press conference in Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei on April 21, 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Xinhua as saying said on Thursday that the "dual-track" approach is a practical and feasible way to solve the South China Sea issue.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INDIA: SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TALKS
Xinhua reported that Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had an "extensive, deep and candid" discussion on boundary issues in the 19th round of talks on April 20, 2016 in Beijing.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL RELIGIOUS WORK CONFERENCE
Xinhua reported that China held its National Religious Work Conference on April 22-23, 2016. CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng presided over the Conference which was attended by Xi jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan. Yu Zhengsheng stressed the development of socialist theory with Chinese characteristics and the need to comprehensively improve the religious level religious work under the new situation.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: DF-41 MISSILE TESTc
The US-based website Washington Free Beacon, quoting unnamed Pentagon officials, reported that a DF-41 – which has a range of at least 12,000km – was launched on April 12, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNET: MILITARY TIE-UP
China's oficial news agency Xinhua reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of his Internet Brain trust in Beijing on April 20, 2016, which was attended among others by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and Huawei Chairman Ren Zhengfei.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MILITARY
China's official media on April 20, 2016, for the first time referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping by his new military title of "Commander-in-Chief of the PLA’s Joint Battle Command".
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Tao Siju, a former Minister for Public Security (MPS), from 1990 to 1997, died in Beijing on Monday. He was 81.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ARCTIC SHIPPING ROUTE
China Daily on April 21, 2016, said China's Maritime Safety Administration released a 356-page guide in Chinese earlier this month offering detailed route guidance from the northern coast of North America to the northern Pacific.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: PRESS FREEDOM
Keung Kwok-yuen, the No. 2 editor in the newsroom of the independent Hongkong newspaper Ming Pao was fired on April 20, 2016, after the publication of a front page devoted to the offshore holdings uncovered by the Panama Papers of some of the city’s tycoons, celebrities and politicians.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PHILANTHROPHY
Pony Ma, the founder of China's Tencent Holdings Ltd, has announced plans to donate 100 million company shares, worth more than $2 billion, to a new charity fund in one of China's biggest philanthropic pledges ever.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-HEALTH
The WHO issued a notification on April 6, 2016, stating that China had informed it of 8 additional imported cases of yellow fever between March 18 and April 1, 2016. The cases had recently returned to China from Angola. They are originally from 3 provinces in China: Fujian (6), Jiangsu (1), and Sichuan (1).
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LABOUR REGULATIONS
On March 30, 2016, China issued new regulations improving protection for 'whistle-blowers' who report work-related crimes. Among the provisions are several articles that not only prohibit retaliation, but also, for the first time, describe the many forms it can take and provide greater detail on how the government should prevent and address reprisals. Some experts expect that China may amend the Labour Contract Law in the near future
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Bloomberg financial services reports that the "unprecedented boom in China’s $3 trillion corporate bond market is starting to unravel" and that investors in China’s yuan-denominated company notes have driven up yields for nine of the past 10 days and triggered the biggest selloff in onshore junk debt since 2014.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL PROPAGANDA
According to a Reuters investigation, China Radio International owned by the CCP CC's Propaganda Department, has bought “at least thirty-three radio stations in fourteen countries.”
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-TWITTER AND PLA
Kathy Chen, a Chinese citizen was appointed Twitter's new Managing Director for Greater China on April 14, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-REFORMS
Xinhua reported on April 18, 2016, that at the meeting that day of China's Leading Group for Overall Reform,
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA- 'MODEL' COUNTER-ESPIONAGE OFFICER
The People's Daily on April 16, 2016, publicised the achievements of Beijing State Security Bureau Deputy Director Wang Zheng and portrayed him as "an excellent representative" of the counter-espionage department. It credited him with apprehending 10 'spies' in three years.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ESPIONAGE
Chinese state television on April 19, 2016, reported that Huang Yu, a Chinese computer technician from Sichuan has been sentenced to death for leaking more than 150,000 classified documents to an unidentified foreign power.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Xinhua reported that 56-year old Zhang Yue, an ex-senior Hebei security official accused of colluding with former Vice Minister of State Security, Ma Jian, has been placed under investigation for suspected disciplinary violations. Zhang Yue is the fourth Hebei official at the vice-ministerial level or higher to fall amid the national anti-corruption campaign.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INDIA: FDI
A report in the Economic Times on April 14, 2016, quoted officials as acknowledging that investment from China to India witnessed a decline in the first half of 2015, but the Chinese officials claimed that rapid growth came back in the second half.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INDIA: FDI
A report in the Economic Times on April 14, 2016, quoted officials as acknowledging that investment from China to India witnessed a decline in the first half of 2015, but the Chinese officials claimed that rapid growth came back in the second half.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: PROPAGANDA OUTREACH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does have a propaganda presence in Australia. There is one free-to-air 6 to 6.30am Mandarin TV News bulletin syndicated from the state-run CCTV. An Australian-Chinese advertising firm lists 6 papers as having the widest circulation (between 25,000-35,000, though its website hasn't been updated for a few years).
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: US/PHILIPPINES
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on April 14, 2016, that U.S. troops and military equipment would be sent on regular rotations in the Philippines and that the two countries had started joint patrols in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA- SOUTH CHINA SEA: US
China's Defence Ministry reported on April 15, 2016, that General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, had inspected "soldiers and building work" on islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea that day. In a statement on its website earlier on April 14, 2016, China said it would “resolutely defend” its interests and said “The joint patrols between the United States and the Philippines in the South China Sea are militarising the region and are non-beneficial to regional peace and stability.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-UK: ERIC X. LI AND THE WHITTINGDALE CASE
Byline.com, the website that on April 1, 2016, revealed the story of the alleged “blackmail from [the] criminal underworld” and a “year-long relationship between a senior figure (Culture Minister Whittingdale) in David Cameron’s government and a dominatrix (Ms Olivia King) which potentially jeopardised government security” has among its three major investors Eric Li, a Shanghai businessman. He invested £160,000.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: COUNTER ESPIONAGE
April 15 was China’s first annual National Security Education Day, observed with speeches and distribution of materials to raise awareness of security problems. The images below come from a two poster campaign called “Dangerous Love” (危险的爱情)that appeared in residential communities all over Xicheng in Beijing. The posters warned younger Chinese to be on guard against information collection activities by foreigners.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-TIBET
Jambey Gyatso, a veteran Tibetan scholar in China working within the CCP system published two articles to criticize two Chinese officials, Ye Xiaowen, the former Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), and Zhu Weiqun, Director of the Ethnic and Religious Commission of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee. In the article Jambey Gyatso observed that, over the past decade, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) religious management group, of which both Ye Xiaowen and Zhu Weiqun are key members, adopted the wrong policies to govern Tibet.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: AIIB/WORLD BANK
The new China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank on April 13, 2016, signed an agreement to co-finance projects.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-KENYA: FORCIBLE EXTRADITION OF TAIWAN NATIONALS
Eight Taiwanese nationals were forcibly extradited to China on April 8, 2016, along with a group of PRC nationals.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: KMT/DPP
In their first closed-door meeting on March 31, 2016, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou told President-elect Tsai Ing-wen about "the stance of the Philippines and Vietnam on Taiping Island and how the United States interprets the issue."
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on March 21, 2016, that China has instructed local governments along the North Korean border to implement the new UN Security Council sanctions adopted earlier this month, which restricts countries from importing North Korean coal, iron ore and other mineral resources if the proceeds go to the North's nuclear and missile programs
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS/HEALTH
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC)'s Propaganda Department on March 23, 2016, instructed all government-controlled media outlets to "play down" the recent scandal about the sale and distribution of improperly stored vaccines by unlicensed vendors in Shandong. Media outlets are forbidden from publishing feature stories or to send reporters to cover the story in Shandong. Instead, they are required to "reprint government press releases and news reports by central media outlets only."
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: TERRORISM
A security official of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region told Radio Free Asia's Uyghur Service that the government is offering a cash bounty of up to 5 million yuan (U.S. $774,000) for tips about suspicious activity linked to terrorism or religious extremism.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: STABILITY
The official English-language China Daily on April 13, 2016, published an article by Peng Chun, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Law, Peking University, titled 'China demise theory wrong and unhelpful' which criticised the 'fad' of predicting "the end of China." It said that David Shambaug, a veteran China watcher and prominent Sinologist known for his moderate views, had joined Gordon Chang and sparked an international debate on "China's future".
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-PLA: NEW ROCKET FORCE APPOINTMENTS
Wang Dajun, an official with the Rocket Force's Political Work Department, told China National Radio (CNR) that the Rocket Force has assigned almost 100 military officers to five newly-established military theater commands to support joint operations.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA "CORE INTEREST"
Days before Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes his first official visit to Beijing, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that Australia's Chinese community held a forum in Sydney on April 10, 2016, to "clarify facts and standardise understanding" about the South China Sea dispute.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: VIETNAM
Rebuffing Vietnam's second demand this year to move the controversial US$1 billion oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 and drop plans to drill in South China Sea waters where jurisdiction is unclear, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told the daily news briefing that "The relevant work is in undisputed Chinese waters, and it is normal commercial exploration. We hope the relevant party takes an objective and reasonable view on this."
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
The New York Times on April 11, 2016, disclosed that the US Navy is contemplating charges against Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, who was born in Taiwan and is a naturalized American citizen, on suspicion of providing secret information to China and Taiwan.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RIVER WATER POLLUTION
The report of a survey conducted by China's Ministry of Water Resources states that about 80 per cent of groundwater in the mainland’s major river basins is unsafe for human contact.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: URBANISATION
A study issued by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on April 6, 2016, stated that only about 33 percent of the farmers from rural areas were positive about the idea of relocating to cities, while 17 percent expressed neither negative nor positive view.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PANAMA PAPERS
When contacted by the South China Morning Post on April 8, 2016, Hu Dehua, the businessman son of the former Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang who was ousted in 1987, said that he had nothing to hide.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: MOSSACK FONSECA
Mossack Fonseca is known in Beijing and has seven offices in China -- the largest number it has in any country.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: DEFLATION CRISIS?
Yu Yongding, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and currently a member of the National Planning Committee, has warned that Beijing risks a currency blow-up akin to Britain's traumatic ordeal in 1992, if it continues trying to defend its exchange rate peg amid a deepening deflation crisis.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: WORLD SOCCER POWER
A document released on April 11, 2016, by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Chinese Football Association, Sports Bureau and Ministry of Education announced that China aims to become one of Asia’s best soccer teams by 2030 and have almost 50 million soccer players by 2020.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: PLAAF
The US Air Force chief-of-staff General Mark Welsh told the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee on March 2, 2016, that the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will be poised to overtake the US Air Force by 2030.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: MILITARY AID
The Afghan Defence Ministry confirmed on March 9, 2016, that during his visit to Kabul in late February 2016, General Fang Fenghui, Chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), offered the Afghanistan army expanded military aid to combat the Taliban. Mohammad Radmanish, Deputy Spokesman of the Afghan Defence Minister, said a commission has been assigned to make the wish list, which could include light weapons, aircraft parts and uniforms.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: STATE PURCHASE OF SYGENTA
A 92-year old former Minister of the PRC's Ministry of Chemical Industry, Qin Zhong-da and over 400 individuals in a letter dated March 31, 2016 raised 4 pointed questions regarding ChinaChem Group's announcement of February 2016 that they will acquire Syngenta for US$ 43 billion (about RMB300 billion).
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
A recent workshop organised by the US-based Council on Foreign Relations discussed China's likely economic trajectory.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-PLA MARTYR
The state-owned Global Times on April 4, 2016 published an article commemorating the anniversary of the death of PLA Air Force fighter pilot Wang Wei, who died when his fighter jet collided with a US military reconnaissance aircraft on April 1, 2011. It noted that every year on April 1, many Chinese online users commemorate the passing of Chinese air force pilot Wang Wei. It added that as tensions in the South China Sea are running high, this year's online commemoration has attracted more people's attention with mixed feelings of pride in the PLA's improved capabilities and indignation over what they see as incessant provocations.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION-PANAMA PAPERS
Among the senior CCP leaders and 'princelings named in the so-called Panama Papers are:Deng Jiagui-- brother in law of China’s present President Xi Jinping; Li Xiaolin-- daughter of Li Peng, China’s premier from 1987 to 1998; Jasmine Li Zidan--granddaughter of Jia Qinglin, who served as member of the Politburo Standing Committee until 2012;Lee Shing Put-- son-in-law of Zhang Gaoli current Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member; Jia Liqing-- daughter-in-law of Liu Yunshan, current PBSC member; Zeng Qinghuai-- brother of Zeng Qinghong, who was Vice President of China from 2002 to 2007;Hu Dehua -- son of late Hu Yaobang who was head of the Chinese Communist Party from 1982 to 1987; Chen Dongsheng-- grandson-in-law of Mao Zedong, who led Communist China from 1949 to his death in 1976; Tian Chenggang-- son of former Vice Premier and Politburo member Tian Jiyun;and Gu Kailai-- former Politburo member Bo Xilai's wife and herself the daughter of a PLA General.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-PLA NAVY: OVERSEAS BASE-DJIBOUTI
Katrina Manson of the Financial Times, recently interviewed the 50-year old Foreign Minister of Djibouti Mahmoud Ali Youssouf and President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, a former head of the secret police who has run the country since 1999.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-TIBET MINORITY PROTEST
A letter written from prison on February 24, 2016, and addressed to the Qinghai Higher People's Court by the well-known and popular Tibetan blogger Druklo, more widely known by his pen name Shokjang, is being circulated among members of the Tibetan community, including in exile. Druklo is being held in detention in Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren), Qinghai after his arrest on March 19, 2015.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: WORKER UNREST
Over a thousand policemen broke up a workers strike on April 4, 2016, in Tuopai Township, Shehong County, Sichuan province. Many workers were injured and at least 100 arrested.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CULTURAL REVOLUTION
Retired Chinese Supreme Cout Judge Cai Xiaoxue wrote an article on April 3, 2016, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution and which was posted on Wechat. He reminisced about the ill treatment meted out to his parents, their deaths and the humiliation heaped on his sister and him that forced them to move to another province.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTERNATIONAL DISCLOSURE OF CORRUPTION/SECRET BANK ACCOUNTS
News of the Panama Papers and their disclosures triggered a prompt reaction from the stare-owned Global Times, which on April 5, 2016, said that very powerful entities are behind these manipulations and " For ordinary people, it is useless to wrestle with the power behind the leak, which can wield such a huge amount of documents".News reports about the disclosures claim that Xi Jinping's brother-in-law, Deng Jiagui, former Chinese Premier Li Peng's daughter Li Xiaoli and family members of two Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) members viz. Zhang Gaoli and Liu Yunshun are involved.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ZIMBABWE
Xinhua news agency reported on March 28, 2016, that Chinese companies and experts expressed concerns over renewed efforts in Zimbabwe to enforce a controversial law that requires foreign firms to sell stakes of at least 51 percent to locals in Zimbabwe.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-EU: XI JINPING'S VISIT TO CZECH REPUBLIC
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Prague on his first state visit to the Czech Republic on March 27, 2016. He will stay there till March 30, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
In a rare and revealing interview to The Asahi Shimbun, which was published on March 31, 2016, retired PLA Major General Qian Lihua, who once served as director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the National Defense Ministry and is now Vice Chairman of the China Committee within the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP), provided some insight into Chinese defense spending. Qian Lihua said that construct of artificial islands in the South China Sea for military installations "will continue in the future".
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY
The newly-formed Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) has attracted a lot of notice from the media in Hongkong as well as critical comment from the Mainland Chinese authorities. The PRC State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office issued a statement through the official Xinhua news agency on March 29, 2016, following the announcement of the formation of Hong Kong National Party on March 26, 2016.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's official news agency, Xinhua quoted Xu Liang, Deputy Secretary General of the China Coal Industry Association as saying demand for coal will slide 2 percent this year and prices will remain at a low level. Output by the world’s largest producer will also fall by 2 percent. Xinhua said China’s coal use is forecast to fall a third year as industrial output slows.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL POLITICAL SITUATION
As the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution nears (on May 16), an editorial in the state-owned Global Times warned that reflections on the Cultural Revolution must not go beyond the Communist Party’s official verdict.
CCAS
Apr 2016

CHINA-GERMANY: HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
Addressing students in Shanghai University on March 23, 2016,German President Joachim Gauck condemned the "illegitimacy of Communist rule" in East Germany and lauded the benefits of human rights. He said “Most people were neither happy nor liberated, and the entire system lacked proper legitimacy. Free, equal and secret public elections were not held.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-SRI LANKA: MILITARY BASES
Just days after the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe-led government gave the green light to resume construction on the $1.5 billion China-funded Colombo Port City project which was suspended a year back over environmental issues and on grounds that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not followed proper procedure while signing the deal with China, the Asia Times reported on March 18, 2016,
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INDONESIA: MARITIME DISPUTE
The Associated Press reported that on March 21, 2016, Indonesia officially protested to China against its Coast Guard retrieving a ship while it was detained for fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. An Indonesian Fisheries Ministry patrol ship had intercepted the Chinese vessel 'Kway Fey' on March 19, 2016, within Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone that overlaps with the southernmost reaches of the South China Sea, and detained eight crewmen.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
On March 23, 2016, Su Bin, a Chinese national and China-based businessman who worked in aviation and aerospace, pleaded guilty to participating in a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors, steal sensitive military information and send the stolen data to China.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: OBAMA-XI JINPING SUMMIT IN MARCH
China’s President Xi Jinping is scheduled to once again meet US President Obama at the end of March on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: CROSS-STRAIT RELATIONS
An article in the Hongkong-based well-informed newspaper Ming Pao said that Shanghai's delegates to the 'Big Two' that recently concluded in Beijing, asked Xi Jinping to talk to the Shanghai delegation about cross-strait relations since the Shanghai people were deeply concerned about the issue as there were 10,000 Taiwan businesses in the city and 300,000 Taiwanese lived there. Addressing the Shanghai delegation,
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-EDUCATION
A recent paper from America’s National Bureau of Economic Research by Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato and Xiao Yu Wang of Duke University and Shuang Zhang of University of Colorado, Boulder, found a relationship between GDP growth in an official’s administrative jurisdiction and subsequent promotion.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
According to a BBC report of March 25, 2016, a total of 20 people have been detained in China following the publication of a letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The letter was posted earlier this month on a state-backed website Wujie News. Although quickly deleted by the authorities, a cached version can still be found online.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-LAOS: ATTACKS ON CHINESE WORKERS
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on March 2, 2016, that one Chinese national was killed and three wounded in a "militant" attack in Laos.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: RAIL TUNNEL FOR PLA
The well-informed Hong Kong Economic Journal reported on March 14, 2016, that a giant tunnel across the Taiwan Strait for an express rail link between Beijing and Taipei is listed as a key project under China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC: RAILWAYS
During the ongoing NPC session the Chinese government confirmed plans to accelerate construction of a new railway line to Lhasa in Tibet from Chengdu and that of an extension of the railway to Kyirong on the border with Nepal.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC: MARITIME JUDICIAL CENTRES
China's Chief Justice Zhou Qiang in his work report to the NPC said on March 13, 2016, that courts across China were working to implement the national strategy of building China into a "maritime power".
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC:SUPREME COURT WAGE LITIGATIONS
The Chief Justice of China's Supreme Court Zhou Qiang, presenting the latest work report of the Supreme People's Procuratorate revealed the following statistics: 300,000 civil cases of migrant worker wage arrears (and other cases involving the interests of rural residents) and that criminal cases involving refusal to pay wages were up 58%. Last year’s report revealed that 753 persons were convicted in 2014, which means that 2015 convictions were close to 1200.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-JAPAN: ANTI-CHINA SENTIMENT
A Japanese government survey issued on March 11, 2016, revealed an increase in the percentage of Japanese who do not feel friendly toward China, which has reached a record high of 83.2 percent.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMY
A US$ 1.3 billion contract to replace almost half the fleet of rail cars of the Chicago Transit Authority with 846 new generation rail cars was approved on March 9, 2016. The new generation rail cars will be built at a new manufacturing facility on the Southeast Side of Chicago.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TIBET: ANTI DALAI LAMA OUTFIT TO CEASE PROTESTS
In a statement on its website on March 10, 2016, the Directors of the International Shugden Community (ISC) announced they had decided to “completely stop organizing demonstrations against the Dalai Lama.”
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-CPPCC/NPC: ECONOMY
Speaking on March 12, 2016, on the sidelines of the NPC session, the Governor of the People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan said "There is no need at all to rush to buy U.S. dollars. There is no basis for continued weakness of the Renminbi and China will not seek to boost exports through competitive devaluation.” Attributing the previous depreciation to concerns on a slowing Chinese economy and market jitters caused by easing policies from Europe and Japan, he added that the Renminbi has started to return to its normal and reasonable level after volatility, and the trend will continue.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CPPCC/NPC- EDUCATION REFORM
The newspaper Beijing News reported on March 11, 2016, that China's Vice Minister of Education had announced that education officials are working with the All-China Women's Federation to prepare a draft law on home schooling.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: DISSENT IN MEDIA AT PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Coinciding with the CPPCC and NPC sessions underway in Beijing and obviously for maximum impact, Zhou Fang, a Xinhua employee who gave his work address as Xinhua News Agency headquarters in Beijing and included his cellphone number and identity card number, on March 11, 2016, published an online denunciation of China's formidable propaganda apparatus.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-CPPCC/NPC: JUDICIAL REFORM
During the ongoing annual meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the China People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Zhu Zhengfu, a delegate to the CPPCC and Deputy Director of the All-China Lawyers Association, criticized the common practice of using televised confessions, which are used “to humiliate human rights advocates, lawyers” and others as part of the current crackdown launched by President Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Yet another song praising Xi Jinping @ 'Xi Dada' is circulating on Youtube, this time saying that one should marry someone brave and heroic just like him.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: HUMAN RIGHTS
China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Fu Cong reacted forcefully at the United States, saying “The US is notorious for prison abuse at Guantanamo prison, its gun violence is rampant, racism is its deep-rooted malaise.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: US ASSESSMENT
In an unclassified letter dated February 23, 2016, USA's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper informed US Senator John McCain that China has the capability to provide basic self-defense at its Spratly Islands outposts.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: WOMEN'S RIGHTS
New legislation on family violence came into effect in China on March 1, prohibiting the causing of physical harm, as well as verbal and emotional abuse. The legislation also applies to unmarried cohabiting couples, although currently only in male–female cohabitation.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC:JUDICIARY
Ambrose Lau Hon-chen, a Standing Committee member of the CPPCC, told journalists on March 9, 2016, in Beijing on the sidelines of the ongoing CPPCC session that the Chief Justice of China's Supreme Court Zhou Qiang had told him that they were now able to monitor any hearing in the country.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN
Following Chinese President Xi Jinping's first public remarks on cross-strait relations since Tsai’s victory last week when he said that Beijing would “resolutely contain Taiwan secessionist activities in any form”, Li Yihu, a Deputy to the NPC and key advisor on Beijing’s Taiwan policies, recommended on March 10, 2016, that Beijing should set up a “reward and penalty scheme” for all Taiwanese entrepreneurs doing business on the mainland to single out those with pro-independence tendencies.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-TIBET
In a letter dated March 8, 2016, China's diplomatic mission in Geneva raised objections about the presence of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader on the panel of Nobel laureates, being held at the Geneva Graduate Institute.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE
The PLA Daily reported that Sun Sijing, Political Commissar of the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) and a Deputy to the National People’s Congress, proposed a legal amendment on March that would clear the way for the changes and ensure that the PAPF's highest power of command was “firmly in the hands of the Communist Party’s central leadership, the CMC and [CMC] Chairman Xi”.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
19-year old Jasmine Yin, a first-year student at Columbia University in US and granddaughter of the late Marshal Ye Jianying, wrote a startlingly revealing letter published on March 9, 2016, where she said 'Xi sent his only child to study at Harvard.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Coinciding with the 4th plenum of the 12th NPC session, the USS John S. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier; two guided-missile destroyers, the USS Chung-Hoon and USS Stockdale; the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay; and the supply ship USNS Rainier have been operating in the eastern part of the South China Sea since March 1, 2016.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-US: HR LAWYER'S RELEASE
45-year old Chen Taihe, a Chinese lawyer and Professor who was detained in Guilin along with over 200 lawyers and human rights activists in the Guangxi-Zhuang Autonomous Region last July, fled to the US on March 1, 2016, after being released from surveillance.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC/ECONOMY
Li Chao, Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, informed the CPPCC on March 8, 2016, that China is still “researching and discussing” the registration-based initial public offering system.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NPC/CPPCC:SOUTH CHINA SEA
Speaking at the ongoing NPC session in Beijing, Luo Baoming, the Party Secretary of Hainan province, said“China is encouraging its fishermen to venture into the South China Sea by offering subsidies and security training"
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITIES/MONGOLS
The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) reported that as part of the effort to maintain social stability during China’s “Two Sessions” --- annual meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress --- presently underway in Beijing, the local Public Security Bureau of Urad Middle Banner in western Southern (Inner) Mongolia has arrested and detained more than twenty Mongolian herders since two weeks ago. In a message posted in Mongolian herders’ WeChat groups by Zou Xinchao, head of the State Security Squad of Urad Middle Banner, the herders were accused of “giving interviews to foreign news media and assisting those who have ulterior motives to frame and denounce the socialist regime”.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: JUDICIAL REFORM
Just two days before the 12th NPC session convened in Beijing, the Supreme People's Court on March 3, 2016, issued a bilingual White Paper on Judicial Reform which was posted on the website of the Supreme People's Court.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL:NPC/LAW
52 lawyers including 27 Defence Counseld and 8 family members of those detained by the authorities, submitted a petition to the Deputies attending the 4th plenary meeting of the 12th Session of the National People’s Congress on March 4, 2016.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
The Beijing Times reported last week that new guidelines have been issued by the CCP CC Propaganda Department prohibiting a wide range of subjects including depictions of gay relationships, underage romance, extramarital affairs, smoking, witchcraft and reincarnation.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS (NPC)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presented a 38-page 'REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT' to the fourth plenary meeting of the 12th session of the NPC,on March 5, 2016. Interestingly, the references to Xi Jinping in the report referred to him as heading the CCP CC and not, as "core of the leadership".
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM
Xinhua reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping met Hoang Binh Quan, the special envoy of Vietnam's communist party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, on February 29, 2016, when they pledging to boost party-to-party relationship and bilateral ties. Hoang Binh Quan conveyed a message from Nguyen Phu Trong to Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORKER UNREST
In the wake of reports of lay-offs of coal miners, about 150 miners from the Anyuan Coal Mines of the Pingxiang Mining Group gathering at a crossroads and temporarily blocked traffic on February 29, 2016 to complain to the company.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE/NPC
Chen Xiwen, Vice Director of the Leadership Group on Rural Work, said at a meeting on rural affairs sponsored by Farmers Daily on February 27, 2016, that soon after the 'Big Two' (CPPCC and NPC) meetings in March there would be a reform of the corn pricing mechanism soon. He added that the reform should be announced ahead of spring planting.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW/NPC
Zhu Zhengfu, Deputy Chairman of the All China Lawyers Association,said in an interview with Beijing News that was widely disseminated in China on mARCH 3, 2016, that China should not drag people in front of the cameras to plead guilty and that such confessions are of little legal value and may rely on coercion.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-PLA: APPOINTMENTS
Caixin reported that 1957-born Maj. Gen. Chi Xingbei, son of former Chinese Defence Minister Chi Haotian and a Signal Corps officer, has been appointed Political Commissar of the General Armaments Department.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-DEFENCE BUDGET
National People's Congress (NPC) spokeswoman Fu Ying announced at a press conference on March 4, 2016, that China's defence budget this year will rise by about seven to eight percent compared with 2015. She said that the actual figure would be released on March 5, 2016, when the annual session of China's version of parliament opens. Last year, defense spending was budgeted to rise 10.1 percent to 886.9 billion yuan ($135.39 billion).
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: LEADERSHIP
The State Council announced on February 26, 2016, that 59-year old Ning Jizhe, who has advised Premier Li Keqiang on economic policy, will lead the National Bureau of Statistics and be its top Communist Party official.He will continue in his current position as Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY/LAY-OFFS
Quoting two independent sources Reuters reported on March 3, 2016, that China plans to lay off 5-6 million workers employed in State-owned Enterprises (SoE) over the next two to three years as part of efforts to curb industrial overcapacity and pollution.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC/ECONOMY
Chinese President Xi Jinping will reportedly unveil a new set of economic reforms to be called "supply-side structural reform,” at the NPC session scheduled to open in Beijing on March 5, 2016. The supply side that Xi Jinping is referring to would include lowering taxes and reducing the government burden on investors. Yet its main goal appears to be shutting or paring down mines and factories that produce far more coal, steel, cement and other industrial products than the market demands and reining in the credit and subsidies that feed that glut.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The NPC Standing Committee in charge of legislature affairs between the full meetings said that over the past year six of its members were ousted because they were the subject of corruption probes and 19 other resigned because they had come under suspicion.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA: CPPCC & NPC
China's top political advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and China's version of aa parliament the National People's Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing amidst heightened security on March 3 and March 5, 2016 respectively.
CCAS
Mar 2016

CHINA-INDIA
Long Xingchun, a research fellow at the Charhar Institute, Director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, and a visiting scholar at the Department of International Relations at the University of Colombo, wrote an article captioned 'S. China Sea patrols bring no benefit to India', which was published by the state-owned Global Times on February 25, 2016.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MARITIME COURTS
According to a report , China's maritime courts, established 30 years ago, are said to be the busiest in the Asia Pacific region and hear cases arising in Chinese waters, coastal and inland. In 2015, the maritime courts heard about 31,000 cases, a 43% increase year on year, with cases involving foreign parties accounting for about 15%.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
The People's Daily on February quoted the PLA's new South Theatre Commander, General Wang Jiaocheng as saying “The military will be capable of dealing with any security threat. No country will be allowed to use any excuse or action to threaten China’s sovereignty and safety.” General Wang Jiaocheng, who previously commanded the Shenyang ­region, said his aim was to “ensure security in border controls and maritime defence, but the foremost mission is to safeguard rights and interests in the South China Sea.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-RESTRICTIONS ON ASSOCIATION WITH 'TIBETAN-INDEPENDENCE CLIQUE' LEADERS
An article on China Tibet Online this week that was widely carried by other state media criticized celebrities for attending an event in northeastern India with members of the Tibetan government-in-exile, adding to Chinese authorities' warnings that actors and singers must "serve the people and socialism."
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION/VATICAN
The state-owned Global Times published a very unusual article on February 25, 2016, speculating that the Pope may visit China for a meeting with Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
Cai Xia, a Professor at the Central Party School in Beijing posted an article on the media criticism of real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, where she said that the former property tycoon’s criticism of President Xi Jinping’s address to state media last week underscores the lack of internal channels for Communist Party members to discuss policy. The article penned by Cai Xia vanished from cyberspace soon after it was posted.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY
China's official news agency Xinhua on February 28, 2016, reported that the General Office of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ordered the launch of another year-long campaign to instill the values it wants in its 88 million members. The campaign will focus on the study of the Party Constitution and rules, as well as remarks made by CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping. It will particularly target Party members with wavering confidence in communism and socialism with Chinese characteristics, those who are advocating the Western value, violating Party rules, working inefficiently or behaving unethically. The CCP central authority asked Party committees to regard the campaign as "a major political task."
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The well-informed Hongkong newspaper South China Morning Post reported that Rear Admiral Wang Yu, who from March till September 2015 was in charge of the Armour and Equipment Department of the PLAN's South China Sea Fleet, is being investigated for alleged corruption. 52-year old Rear Admiral Wang Yu, considered a rising star, had offered to resign from the National People’s Congress in September because of “severe violations of party discipline” -- euphemism for corruption or bribery -- according to a communique posed on the website of the top legislative body’s standing committee.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China's Central Television (CCTV) reported on February 26, 2016, that 64-year old General Liu Yuan, former Political Commissar of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Logistics Department, who stepped down a year prior to his official retirement, had been sworn in as a Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress and Vice Chairman of its Economic and Finance Committee.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: MINORITY RIGHTS
The Chinese social media platform WeChat, a.k.a. Weixin, was allowed by the Chinese authorities to post comments by tens of thousands of people, spanning more than 40 cities on the same day, protesting the sentence awarded to Peter Liang, a Chinese American rookie cop who fatally shot an unarmed African American man, Akai Gurley, in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 2014. China's state-run CCTV, which often avoids showing demonstrations, on February 21, 2016, devoted numerous segments throughout the day to the U.S. gatherings.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: MILITARY COOPERATION
Wu Qian, a spokesman of China’s Ministry of Defense, said at the regular press briefing in Beijing on February 25, 2016, that China will send warships to participate in the the world’s largest international maritime exercise known as 'The Rim of the Pacific Exercise', or RIMPAC, which is held every two years in Hawaii in June and July. Wu Qian said “Joining these military exercises will be beneficial to improving the Chinese navy’s ability to contend with non-traditional security threats. Needless to say, military relations between China and the U.S. have some difficulties and obstacles.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: ECONOMIC/TECHNOLOGY TIES
The annual report of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS), which reviews foreign acquisitions for national security threats, noted that there had been rather a sharp uptick in Chinese deal-making activity in the US, and a shift of that interest towards technology.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:GINI COEFFICIENT
A Peking University report says China's Gini coefficient has increased from 0.3 in the early 1980s to 0.45 last year, but it is down from 0.49 in 2012. The Report also said one-third of China’s wealth is owned by the top 1% of households, while the bottom 25% account for only 1% of the wealth. The China Family Panel Studies, launched in 2010, covers 14,960 households in 160 regions of 25 provinces nationwide, and focuses on the “well-being of the Chinese population.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY/WEALTH
According to the Hurun Report issued on February 24, 2016, China minted 90 new billionaires last year giving it for the first time more billionaires than the US, 568 to 535. The Hurun Report said that with 32 new billionaires, Beijing topped 100, replacing New York — with only 95 — as the billionaire capital of the world.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG
There is growing resentment, called 'Localism', at Beijing apparently ignoring the interests of Honkong and focussing on integration of the territory with the Mainland. Localism is a new thinking among Hong Kong youth.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITY NATIONALITIES/MONGOLS
The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) reported on February 23, 2016, that Mongolian herders from western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Urad Middle Banner (“wu la te zhong qi” in Chinese) gathered in front of the local government building in Haliut Township (“hai liu tu zhen” in Chinese).
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Authorities of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have instructed all foreigners to leave the Region by February 25, 2016. No foreigners will be allowed to visit Tibet till the end of March. These are part of precautions being taken in connection with the 57th anniversary of the March 10 Uprising after which the Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959 and the 8th anniversary of the 2008 riots in Tibet.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CONTROLS
Responding to a critical article by retired Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang aka as “Cannon Ren,” on Chinese President Xi Jinping's tour of China Central Television (CCTV) on February 19, 2016, where he announced new regulations for the media, Ren Zhiqiang has been subjected to strident criticism.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: REFORMS
Presiding over the 21st meeting of the Central Leading Group for Overall Reform in Beijing on February 23, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered officials at all levels to implement reform measures and address lingering problems to ensure the reform drive is successful.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-MILITARY: SOUTH CHINA SEA
USA's Fox News reported on February 16, 2016, that by February 14, China had deployed two batteries of eight HQ-9 Surface-to-Air Missiles launchers as well as a radar system on Woody Island. Fox News obtained the satellite imagery from ImageSat International (ISI). (Comment: The HQ-9 has a range of 125 kms.)
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister had a 5-hour meeting in Washington to discuss a range of issues between, what Kerry described as "one of the most consequential relationships in the world".
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPERTY RIGHTS
On February 21, 2016, China's State Council and CCP Central Committee jointly issued an "opinion" on urbanization stating that authorities will "in principle" no longer approve gated communities. It added that existing communities will gradually have to open their premises to the outside.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-DISSIDENTS: INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR LIU XIAOBO
On February 15, 2016, 134 Nobel laureates asked Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping to release Liu Xiaobo, who has been jailed since 2009. By the 17th February over 300 persons had signed the appeal.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA CONTROLS
Hu Xijin, Editor in Chief of the state-owned Global Times, in a post on his Weibo microblog on February 21, 2016 said “China should open up more channels for criticism and suggestions and encourage constructive criticism.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
The usually well-informed magazine Caixin reported on February 15, 2016, that Xiao Qing has been appointed Director of State Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ETHNIC MINORITIES
Adem Karadag, also known as Bilal Mohammed, an ethic Uyghur, along with a second suspect, Yusufu Mieraili, arrested in Thailand over a bombing that killed 20 people in Bangkok August 17, 2015, on February 15, 2016, denied charges of murder or involvement in the attack, retracting an earlier confession that his lawyer said he was tortured into making. The lawyer for Karadag, said his client was coerced into confessing that he took part in the attack. Most of the victims were foreign tourists, raising concerns that the country's lucrative tourist industry could suffer.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrived in Beijing late on February 17, 2016, to a frosty reception in Beijing after being rapped over Australia's stance on the South China Sea ahead of a series of high-level meetings in the Chinese capital. She had made clear during her preceding trip to Tokyo that she intended to push her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for clarification on how China intended to use its man-made islands in the disputed waters. Beijing has repeatedly said it will not recognise the case filed by the Philippines at the Hague and defended its right to build on what it considers to be its sovereign territory. Stating that Australia took no sides on the competing territorial claims but awaited the outcome of the arbitration, Julie Bishop said "We recognise the Philippines' right to seek to resolve the matter through arbitration, but we urge all claimants to settle their disputes peacefully without coercion, without intimidation." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China would "never" accept the Philippines' "unilateral" initiation of international arbitration which it contends as a contravention of international law, adding that "Australia should not selectively evade that objective fact. Australia should adopt an objective and unbiased attitude and refrain from doing anything that undermines regional peace and stability."
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ASEAN:US
A Joint Statement was issued on February 16, 2016, after the Heads of State/Government of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States of America gathered in Sunnylands, California, on February 15-16, 2016, for a Special Leaders Summit. This Special U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit was the first ever to be held in the United States and the very first Summit following the establishment of the ASEAN Community. Paragraphs i, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the 17 paragraph statement referred to the safeguarding of territorial integrity of ASEAN members and the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US
As the US Senate passed a Bill on February 12, 2016 to name 3503 International Place, which is presently the official address of the Chinese Embassy, as “1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza” to honour the Nobel Prize winning Chinese dissident on the seventh anniversary of his arrest, the state-controlled Global Times on February 14, 2016, called the move provocative and said it was intended to outrage Beijing, although China would not consider it a big deal. It said “The US has been at its wits’ end in dealing with China as it is reluctant to employ military threats or economic sanctions that may backfire,” adding that “The only option for Washington seems to be petty actions that disturb China.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-OBOR
Xinhua on February 14, 2016, stated that the State Administration of Taxation had said that tax treaties that China had signed with countries participating in the OBOR will save financial institutions in China 9.6 billion yuan (about $1.5 billion) in taxes, according to the State Administration of Taxation.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: NATIONAL SECURITY LAW
Rao Geping, a law professor at Peking University and member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee on February 16, 2016, called for urgent enactment of the national security legislation in the wake of last week’s riot in Mong Kok, backing Beijing’s move to label the rioters “separatists” in a similar category as those in Tibet and Xinjiang.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
The Bloomberg news service reported on February 11, 2016, that China’s exports fell 1.8 percent in 2015, while its imports tumbled 13.2 percent. It also quoted China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as saying that new orders for Chinese shipbuilders fell by nearly half last year. In December, Zhoushan Wuzhou Ship Repairing & Building became the first state-owned shipbuilder to go bankrupt in a decade.Sales at Shanghai International Port were 7.5 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) in the third quarter, down from 7.6 billion yuan the year before, and net profit was 1.4 billion yuan, a decline of 18 percent.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: DECLINE IN WORKING POPULATION
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that working-age population fell by 4.87 million last year, sharper than the 3.71 million decline recorded in 2014. Also, approx 16.55 million babies were born last year, down from 16.87 million in 2014. The workforce of China, which has 1.37 billion people, now stands at 911 million.China's migrant population also dropped by 5.68 million to 247 million, meaning that fewer were going to the cities to look for workCHINA-ECONOMY: DECLINE IN WORKING POPULATION
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The China Discipline Inspection Paper , a paper owned by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), on February 16, 2016, said “[We] must constantly be alert of, discover and punish in time those who form their own circles within the party.” It added that “The Petroleum Gang and the Secretary Gang have already been eradicated. They are lessons to be learned and others should watch their steps. If you don’t toe the line, get out.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-KOREAN PENINSULA:THAAD DEPLOYMENT
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin summoned South Korean Ambassador Kim Jang-soo on February 6, 2016, to protest against Seoul and Washington's agreement to begin talks on deploying a U.S.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Qiming Venture Partners, just raised $648 million from investors including Princeton University and Duke University.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL ORDER
Since President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign began in December 2012, at least 146 fallen “tigers” (officials holding the rank of minister or provincial governor) have often being detained without warning.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-TERRORISM MEASURES
As an estimated 6,000,000 Chinese head home by rail for Chinese New Year, security has been tightened at railway stations and transport hubs in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai,Hangzhou and other cities across China.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: LONG-RANGE MISSILE LAUNCH
North Korea on February 7, 2016 defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket from its Dongchang-ri missile base in the country's northwest at around 9:30 am, which was tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea. North Korea, which calls its launches part of a peaceful space program, announced through its state media that it had successfully put a new Earth observation satellite into orbit.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:AIIB
The authoritative, official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on February 5, 2016, that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has appointed five Vice Presidents with experience helping both developed and emerging economies, as well as multilateral institutions.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREX RESERVES
China's foreign reserves fell for a third straight month in January, as the central bank dumped dollars to defend the yuan and prevent an increase in capital outflows. The size of the drop was second only to the $107.9 billion fall in December, the largest monthly decline on record. China's foreign reserves fell $99.5 billion to $3.23 trillion in January, the lowest level since May 2012, central bank data showed, but higher than the median forecast of $3.20 trillion from economists surveyed in a Reuters poll.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
A one-line statement on the CDIC website announced on February 6, 2016, that Cai Xiyou, President of Sinochem Group, the Chinese energy and chemicals conglomerates, has been put under investigation for serious discipline violations. Cai Xiyou, a 30-year oil industry veteran who has been with Sinochem at least since 1995, was named to lead Sinochem in 2014, after a long career at China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec) where he was previously a Communist Party committee member, Senior Vice President, and Sinopec Corp's General Consul.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on its official website on February 5, 2016, that Sichuan Governor Wei Hong was removed from his post for "seriously violating political and organizational discipline" and subverting the investigation, refusing to confess and interfering with judicial activities. There was no mention of graft or any other crime in the notice.The CDIC also announced an investigation into Liu Zhigeng, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province on the same charge.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG: MISSING PUBLISHERS
On February 5, 2016, the Guangdong police confirmed for the first time that Lui Por, Cheung Chi-ping and Lam Wing-kee, the three Hong Kong booksellers who were missing since last October were being investigated in mainland China. Gui Minhai, another bookseller missing since October, earlier said on state TV that he had turned himself in over a fatal ­accident he was involved in 12 years ago.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-MINORITIES: TIBET
Authorities in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province ordered shopkeepers in the Tibetan-populated county to hand over all stocks of photos of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, with “severe punishment” threatened for those who fail to comply by Feb. 2. The order, which was issued on Jan. 31 by three government departments in Draggo (in Chinese, Luhuo) county in the Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, adds that the photos can also no longer be sold or displayed in shops or stores serving the public.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-PROPAGANDA
The two pro-Beijing newspapers in Hongkong, Wen Wei Po and Ta Kung Pao announced on February 2, 2016, that they will pool their editorial and technical resources.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-XINJIANG: REDUCTION OF JAIL TERMS FOR UYGURS
In a rare act of mass clemency, the Xinjiang High People’s Court reduced the sentences of 11 Uyghurs convicted of endangering state security and terrorism. The reductions were announced at a rally held at Xinjiang Number One Prison on February 1, 2016.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ESPIONAGE/LEADERSHIP
American intelligence officials have confirmed that Ling Wancheng, brother of former Chinese President Hu Jintao's powerful aide Ling Jihua, had revealed some of the innermost secrets of the Chinese government and military, including details of its nuclear command and control system.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: PEW OPINION SURVEY
According to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey almost half of Americans say that China's emergence as a world power is a major threat to their well-being and 46% think China will or already has replaced the U.S. as the world's leading superpower.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The US warned Australia of plans for the US navy guided-missile destroyer the 'Curtis Wilbur' to sail within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island (Zhongjian Dao) – part of the Paracel Island chain -- on January 30, 2016. Zhongjian Dao has been under China's control since 1974 after a naval conflict with Vietnam.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-DJIBOUTI: PLAN'S IOR NAVY 'BASE'
U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) Commander General David Rodriguez, U.S. Army, confirmed on January 21, 2016, that China has signed a 10-year contract for a military logistics hub in Djibouti. General David Rodriguez said “They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa.”
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
Liu Siyang was appointed Xinhua's vice president and Zhou Zongmin was appointed vice editor-in-chief of Xinhua.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY ORGANISATION
Li Zhanshu, PB member and Director of the CCP CC's powerful General Office, while addressing a meeting on the work of authorities affiliated to the CCP on January 27, 2016, said "All CPC organizations and Party members should take absolute loyalty to the Party as their fundamental political requirement and foremost political discipline." He called for a "high degree of conformity" with the Party Central Committee.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PATRIOTISM AND SOCIALIST CORE VALUES
Liu Yunshan, PBSC member and Director of the Central Commission for Guiding Ethic and Cultural Progress, called on the 4th plenary meeting of the Commission in Beijing on January 27, 2016,to bolster patriotism and shared values.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: CANADA
On Januarty 28, 2016, China's official newsagency Xinhua reported that Kevin Garratt, a Canadian Christian activist who helped provide humanitarian aid to North Koreans, has been indicted of spying and stealing China’s state secrets. He has been indicted by prosecutors in Dandong city, China’s main border town with North Korea in northeast Liaoning province.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: PRO-INDEPENDENCE STICKERS
A Taiwanese woman was refused entry to Macau on January 25, 2016, because her passport was decorated with “Republic of Taiwan” stickers which advocate Taiwanese independence. Three Taiwanese were denied entry to Singapore in December 2015 on similar grounds.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITIES EDUCATION
Parents and students of Tibetan and Muslim origin belonging to a local school called the Gangjong School in the Qinghai province's capital Xining, protested on January 24, 2016, outside government offices. They were demanding an investigation into the activities of Ma Trinlung, head of the Education Department of the Bayan Khar (in Chinese, Hualong) Hui Autonomous County in Qinghai’s Tsoshar (Haidong) prefecture
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: RESTRICTIONS ON CIVIL SOCIETY
Guo Jianmei, a lawyer who heads the Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center announced on January 29, 2016, that the Center had been closed by the authorities.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-PLA REFORMS:CLOSURE OF MILITARY NEWSPAPERS
It was announced on January 21, 2016, that as part of the reform process the newspapers published by China's seven Military Regions, including War Flag, Vanguard, People’s Armed Forces and the oldest, Soldiers News, established in 1930, were shut down last week. The closures leave the PLA Daily, and its affiliated China Defence Newspaper as the military’s two remaining daily publications.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-NUCLEAR SAFETY
In its first White Paper on Nuclear Emergency Response, published on January 28, 2016, Beijing said “Facing the new situation and new challenges of the nuclear sector, China’s nuclear emergency response [system] still has certain inadequacies in terms of technology, equipment, human resources, capacity and standards." Xu Dazhe, Chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, told a press conference on January 28 that construction of the two European Pressurised Reactors in Taishan, in Guangdong, had been delayed owing to safety concerns.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CAPITAL OUTFLOWS
China’s capital outflows jumped in December increased by almost $50 billion from a month earlier, with the estimated 2015 total reaching $1 trillion. Outflows increased to $158.7 billion in December, the second-highest monthly outflow of the year after September’s $194.3 billion, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
On January 29, 2016 morning, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) made a highly unusual injection in addition to injecting a net Rmb 690bn ($105bn) into the banking system this week through open market operations — the largest single-week injection on record. Normally the PBoC conducts such operations only on Tuesday and Thursday, but the central bank said on January 28, that it would increase the frequency of its cash injections uptill February 19.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
China's Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has set up a new agency, called the Department of Overseas Fugitives Affairs, to handle fugitives who have fled overseas.
CCAS
Feb 2016

CHINA-IRAN
During his visit to Iran in the course of his tour of three Middle Eastern countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced US$ 55 billion in aid and gave a speech to the Arab League in which he vowed not to seek proxies, a thinly veiled jab at U.S. history in the region. In Iran, Xi Jinping signed a strategic partnership that covers military and security cooperation. The main acheivements during the visit were:
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou announced that he and 20 members of his staff and law of the sea experts would fly 1600 km on January 28, 2016, without media on board, to wish Republic of China personnel on Taiping (Itu Aba) island a Happy Year of the Monkey. The US Government representative in Taiwan, has expressed its “disappointment” over Ma’s travel plan and denounced it as an action that “is extremely unhelpful and (that) does not contribute to the peaceful resolution of disputes.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN
China issued a statement on January 27, 2016, which said "Chinese officials are urging the government of Afghanistan to restart peace talks with the Taliban after the last round of discussions collapsed." Meanwhile on January 27, 2016, evening Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Salahuddin Rabbani, the Afghan Foreign Minister in Beijing. Afterward, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced: "Wang Yi said that as a peaceful mediator of the Afghan issue, China supports the 'Afghan-led and Afghan-owned' reconciliation process.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: STATE-SPONSORED CYBER ATTACKS ON TIBETAN AND UYGHUR MINORITIES
Palo Alto Networks, Unit 42, a security research organisation disclosed on January 25, 2016, that an apparently Chinese government-sponsored hacking group has progressed from targeting activists to setting its sights on foreign government organisations gathering intelligence on the same targets. It said the so-called "Scarlet Mimic" organisation has been active for at least four years and initially focused on minority rights activists,primarily Uyghur and Tibetan groups. Both groups have been targets of multiple sophisticated attacks in the past decade.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Chinese scholar Wu Zuolai revealed on January 25, 2016, that Gao Hua's collection The Realm of History, which includes the late historian's essays, lecture notes, book reviews and observations, was halted just ahead of publication by Party censors, who ruled it "forbidden".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL AND LEGAL WORK
Beijing Times reported on January 23, 2016, that the two-day Central Political and Legal Work Conference held in Beijing concluded on January 22, 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: PBoC'S ECONOMIC SURVEY
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) surveyed the overcapacity situation in 696 industrial enterprises in Jiangsu province and published the results in a Working Paper on December 11, 2015.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: CAPITAL OUTFLOWS
The Institute of International Finance recently estimated that the capital outflow from China last year amounted to $676 billion, much of that in Q4. Separately, the financial reporting service Bloomberg stated that capital outflow amounted to $843 billion between February and November. There was probably little or no outflow in January, but December outflow was well over $150 billion.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY REFORMS
On December 31, 2015, the PLA launched a significant reorganization which included re-naming of its missile forces as the Rocket Forces and creating the Strategic Support Force that is designed for high-technology warfare, including space, cyber and electronic warfare.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-DJIBOUTI: INDIAN OCEAN
Following reports last year that China is in talks to build logistics facilities in Djibouti, Djibouti's President has signed agreements with China on January 20, 2016, to set up a trade zone and establish a legal framework to let Chinese banks operate in the tiny Horn of Africa nation.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reuters reported on January 21, 2016, that the US military has stepped up discussions on converting its Aegis missile defense test site in Hawaii into a combat-ready facility that would bolster American defenses against ballistic missile attacks.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On January 19, 2016, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry stated that Haiyang Shiyou 981, the same rig that caused the 2014 dispute, had entered disputed waters in the South China Sea on January 16, 2016. The statement said the rig was still 25 miles from an “assumed median line” between the two countries, but it was in “an overlapping area between the two continental shelves” of Vietnam and Hainan Island, China, which “has not yet been delimited.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-RUSSIA: SUPPLY OF SU-35 FIGHTERS
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will start receiving its first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia later this year. A Russian military source told TASS that "Supplies of fighter jets will start in the 4th quarter of this year. For now, everything goes according to plan."
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-XINJIANG: HUMAN RIGHTS
On January 15, 2016, rights activist and Han Chinese, Zhang Haitao, was sentenced to 19 years in prison by the Urumqi Intermediate Court of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region. 44-year-old Zhang Haitao was convicted of “inciting subversion of state power” and “probing and illegally supplying intelligence abroad”.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ONE CHILD POLICY
China Business News reported on January 22, 2016, that an unnamed researcher said the National Health and Family Planning Commission could roll out a revised policy by the end of the year at the earliest to help the country cope with its greying population.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on January 21, 2016, that since Beijing issued an ethical code for officials banning the use of public funds for lavish private ceremonies and celebrations, the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) has investigated 11,445 people and punished 7,558 of them.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: LAX BANK CONTROLS
The reputed Chinese magazine Caixin stated on January 22, 2016, that Police and regulators are investigating two junior employees at the Agricultural Bank of China, China’s third-largest bank, who allegedly embezzled Rmb 3.8bn (US$ 578 million) to invest in the once-booming stock market.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
On January 22, 2016, the People's Bank of China (PBoC) announced that China intended to issue a digital currency as soon as possible. The move could help the yuan offset the global dominance of the US dollar and limit capital outflows. The bank said the currency could reduce the costs involved in circulating banknotes, facilitate economic activities and help combat money-laundering. A virtual currency would also help the bank improve control of the money supply and payment efficiency, it added.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Official statistics recently released state that total employment in China rose by 1.98 million in 2015. The total number of employed persons was 774.51 million in 2015, compared with 772.53 million in 2014 The number of rural migrant workers in 2015 totaled 277.47 million, which was 3.52 million more than that in last year, or up by 1.3 percent.The average monthly income of migrant workers was 3,072 yuan, up by 7.2 percent."
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-DPRK: POLITICAL-ECONOMIC RELATIONS
Statistics show that North Korea’s decision to begin nuclear testing in 2006 has exerted only a limited impact on bilateral trade relationships. Trade, with a few exceptions, has steadily surged since the DPRK exploded its first small nuclear device on October 9, 2006.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-USA: ECONOMY
The US-based Rhodium Group's China Investment Monitor reported on January 19, 2016, that a strong fourth quarter has pushed Chinese FDI in the US to a new record level of $15.7 billion in 2015, up 30% from last year. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity was particularly strong with 103 deals worth $14 billion. Greenfield investment also reached an all-time high of $1.8 billion in 2015, as several projects with large capex broke ground or made significant progress.Venture capitalists also poured a record $37 billion into China startups last year.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-US:NORTH KOREAN N-TEST
On January 15, 2016, the US State Department officially announced US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plans to visit China on January 27, 2016. This was just one day after the announcement that US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken would be visiting China from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21 to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue with Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui. (Comment: It is unusual for the US Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary of State to visit a particular country just one week apart.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS
The Swedish co-founder of the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, 35-year old Peter Dahlin, was reported by the official newsagency Xinhua as confessing to Chinese officials that he had “undertaken activities in China in violation of Chinese law, and harmed the government and the people of China, for which I offer deep apologies.” Soon after Xinhua published its report, Chinese news websites posted a video produced by the state television network showing Dahlin making the confession while in detention.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-HUMAN RIGHTS
Xu Qin, acting Secretary General of Rose China, a human rights organization based in Hubei Province, was taken away by Beijing police on January 8, 2016. Rose Group’s Deputy Secretary General Pan Lu said that Xu Qin’s family later received a notice from the police informing them that he had been arrested on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL ORDER-NINGXIA-HUI AR
On January 16, 2016, seventeen people were killed in an arson attack on a public bus in Yingchuan, Ningxia. Police arrested 33-year-old Ma Yongping, who according to state media was involved in a debt dispute with a contractor, which led him to commit the “extreme act.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION: LIVING BUDDHAS
On January 18, 2016, China published its first list of 'verified' Living Buddhas on the official website of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, www.sara.gov.cn, and www.tibet.cn. ostensibly to prevent swindling by imposters in the name of religion. Jian Jianyong, deputy head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said the online database should help reduce the ability of fake Buddhas to take advantage of people.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: TAIWAN AFFAIRS OFFICE
The official website of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) on January 20, 2016, posted a notice that Gong Qinggai, a Deputy Head of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of "serious violations of discipline," which is an euphemism for corruption.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics on January 19, 2016, assessed that "generally speaking, China’s economy has maintained within a proper range".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
On the 11th anniversary of former Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang's death, the former State Press and Publications Administration Director Du Daozheng said a few words in public. Accompanied by his daughter, Du Daozheng said: "Comrade Ziyang: Today is the 11th anniversary of your death. Comrade Li Rui called this morning, he's ill and cannot visit himself. He asked me to sign your memorial on his behalf.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TAIWAN:PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
On January 17, 2016, DPP leader 59-year old Ms Tsai Ing-wen won Taiwan's Presidential elections by 56% or 113 votes to 68, to become the first woman President of Taiwan. A former lawyer, Ms Tsai Ing-wen is known for her strong will and ability to bring together fractious party elements. She has been educated at Taiwan National University, Cornell University in the US and the London School of Economics.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:CHINA SECURITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION (CSRC)
Xiao Gang, 57, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), tendered his resignation last week after the "circuit breaker" mechanism to limit stock market losses, was blamed for exacerbating a sharp selloff and was deactivated on Jan. 7, just three days after its introduction. The "circuit breaker" mechanism was developed by Xiao Gang. It is unclear whether Xiao's resignation offer has been accepted by the central government. (Comment: Xiao Gang's term does not formally expire until end-2018.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:CHINA SECURITIES REGULATORY COMMISSION (CSRC)
Xiao Gang, 57, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), tendered his resignation last week after the "circuit breaker" mechanism to limit stock market losses, was blamed for exacerbating a sharp selloff and was deactivated on Jan. 7, just three days after its introduction. The "circuit breaker" mechanism was developed by Xiao Gang. It is unclear whether Xiao's resignation offer has been accepted by the central government. (Comment: Xiao Gang's term does not formally expire until end-2018.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) will impose required reserve ratios on yuan deposits of offshore participant banks in the mainland in a bid to stabilize the currency. The move will take effect from January 25, 2016.The reserve ratio was previously at zero percent on offshore banks’ yuan deposits in the mainland. The deposits will now attract the same ratio as applicable to Chinese banks.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA: CYBERSPACE DETERRENCE
The People's Daily on January 6, 2016, published an article by Yuan Yi, a military expert from the Chinese PLA Military Academy of Sciences (AMS), discussing the strategy of cyberspace deterrence. Yuan Yi said “As human society's dependence on cyberspace is deepening, cyberspace is becoming the ‘second living space’ of human beings and the ‘fifth-dimensional battle space’ of military confrontation.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY REFORM
China's official news-agency reported on January 11, 2016, that Chinese President Xi Jinping had met the new leaders of the Central Military Commission's (CMC's) 15 administrative organs that day. It said that after the adjustment, the former four headquarters/departments of the CMC, namely the General Staff Department (GSD), the General Political Department (GPD), the General Logistics Department (GLD), and the General Armaments Department (GAD), were replaced by 15 functional sections including seven departments (offices), three commissions, and five directly affiliated bodies.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The sixth plenary session of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was held from January 12 to 14, 2016. Xi Jinping spoke at the meeting. Other senior Party leaders including all members of the Politburo Standing Committee nmely, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli, attended the session.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-US: ANTI-CORRUPTION
China for the first time acknowledged on January 15, 2016, that Ling Wancheng, the brother of a disgraced former Communist Party officialLing Jihua was living in the United States. Liu Jianchao, the Head of International Cooperation for the Party’s Anti-Corruption Commission.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-MIDDLE EAST: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping's begins his first tour of the Middle East on January 19, 2013. The 5-day tour will include Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: HUMAN RIGHTS
Reports on January 13, 2016, stated that mainland human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her husband Bao Longjun have been formally arrested on subversion charges, after being detained in isolation for six months. The news came after the confirmation this week of the formal arrests of another six rights advocates on related charges. All eight advocates were detained in a sweeping crackdown on human rights lawyers that started in July.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TIBET: LANGUAGE
RFA reported on January 13, 2016, that authorities of Rebgong (in Chinese, Tongren) county in Qinghai’s Malho (Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture issued a notice written in Chinese on January 11, 2016, directing government offices, schools, and state-owned businesses to use both Tibetan and Chinese on official seals, signboards, letterhead, and other forms of communication. According to the notice, the Tibetan language will also be given prominence in some cases, for example when used on a signboard or official letter. The notice also instructs people to print Tibetan and Chinese characters in the same size.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-TERRORISM: XINJIANG
Nayim Yassen, Director of the Standing Committee of the Xinjiang Regional People's Congress, said on the sidelines of the annual session of the local people's congress in Urumqi, that lawmakers in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region will begin to draft a regulation against religious extremism this year. It will be China's first legislation targeting religious extremism.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY: LABOUR UNREST
Reports indicate that with increasing layoffs of workers, unrest in factories and on construction sites is growing. Worker protests and demonstrations doubled last year, to 2,774, with December’s total of more than 400 such incidents, setting a monthly record. Geoffrey Crothall, Communications Director at the Hong Kong-based workers’ advocacy organization China Labour Bulletin, said “The increase in strikes and protests began last August around the time of the yuan devaluation and subsequent stock market crash and continued to build during the final quarter of the year, as the economy has showed little sign of improvement.”
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Caixin reported on January 13, 2016, that the General Office of the State Council has created a Secretariat to coordinate the administrative affairs of China's major financial regulators. It will focus on facilitating communication and cooperation between the central bank and the regulators for the securities, banking and insurances industries on administrative issues. Li Zhenjiang, a former vice president of the Agricultural Bank of China, has been appointed the deputy chief of the new unit in charge of its daily operations.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
A recent Peking University's Institute of Social Science survey has found that the poorest 25 per cent of Chinese households own just 1 per cent of the country’s total wealth. China’s Gini coefficient for income, a widely used measure of inequality, was 0.49 in 2012, according to the report.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's official media on January 6, 2016, reported that two civilian aircraft had landed on one of the islands in the Fiery Cross reef in the disputed Spratly Islands, which are claimed by Hanoi but controlled by Beijing. The following day, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh said the landings are "a serious violation of Vietnam's sovereignty and threaten peace and stability in the region".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL:ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE
35-year old Peter Jesper Dahlin, a Swedish national who worked for the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, was detained in Beijing on January 3, 2016, on charges of endangering state security. Peter Dahlin reportedly suffers from Addison’s disease, a hormonal disorder that requires daily medication.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Established in 2015, China's National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ),or 'New Third Board' as it is called, is being described as a dumping ground for Chinese garbage companies, or "zombie companies".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP & PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Shanghai media sources were cited by Hongkong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) as saying that Shanghai Municipality Party Secretary Han Zheng had directed authorities to further tightened their grip on the city’s media, with specific orders given about speculating on politically sensitive topics like personnel shuffles. SCMP said several journalists said Han Zheng was upset over an article about Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan published by Thepaper.cn, an online subsidiary of Oriental Morning Post. The article detailed how Huang orchestrated economic growth in Chongqing and provided background information about his experience in Shanghai.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PAKISTAN: POK.
Pakistan is considering upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said on January 7, 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-MILITARY REFORMS: ABOLITION OF PLA CULTURE WORK UNITS
Washington Times reported on January 7, 2016, that as part of downsizing the PLA and structural reforms, the PLA Culture Work Units under the PLA's General Political Department (GPD) has been dismantled after 63 years.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY REFORMS AND XI JINPING
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Chongqing when he also inspected the Headquarters of the 13th Group Army and urged the strengthening of the armed forces through reforms. Xi Jinping was quoted by Xinhua as saying the military must be guided by the objective of building a strong army, carry out military strategies under the new circumstances and advance army building through the enhancement of political awareness.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-CLIMATE CHANGE: US-CHINA ECONOMIC AND SECURITY COMMISSION
Commenting on commitments made by China in Paris on December 12, 2015, at the conference on climate change, the US-China Economic and Security Commission's Economic and Trade Bulletin issued on January 7, 2016, observed that "Since Chinese public concerns over pollution undermine the government's legitimacy, the government has every incentive to take seriously its commitments to address pollution and climate change".
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:LEADERSHIP
1958-born Xiao Gang, Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is rumoured to have resigned on January 8, 2016 morning at an emergency meeting of the State Council.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY:STOCK MARKET
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 400 points on January 7, 2016 as steep falls in Chinese equities spilled over to global markets. The sell-off came after the People’s Bank of China made its largest downward adjustment to the yuan since August. China's stock market fell more than 7% amid concerns about capital flight and China’s stock markets stopped trading after only 30 minutes, ending the shortest trading day in their history after the newly installed mechanism to limit volatility was triggered for the second time this week.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MAO ZEDONG
Local officials of the Tongxu County Land Resources Bureau staff confirmed to a People's Daily reporter confirmed that a gold-plated statue of Mao Zedong erected in Sun Yingxiang Zhu Village, Tongxu County in Henan province was dismantled and removed on January 8, 2016. The grounds cited was reportedly lack of approval from the village Sculpture Department for constructing the statue.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Days prior to the sixth plenary session of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), which is to meet from January 12 to 14, 2016, CDIC Chairman and Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member Wang Qishan said “Punishment works better than words.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PAKISTAN:NAVY COOPERATION
The Pakistani Navy and Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) conducted their first-ever exercise in the East China Sea from December 31, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INDONESIA: UYGHUR/TERRORISM
Saud Usman Nasution, head of Indonesia's National Counter-Terrorism Agency told Reuters in an interview on January 6, 2016, that several Uighurs had responded to a call last year by Santoso, Indonesia's most high-profile backer of Islamic State, to join his band of fighters and that Islamic State and human trafficking networks helped them travel via Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia to Santoso's hideout in an equatorial jungle of eastern Indonesia.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW
China's Southern Weekly on December 5, 2015, published an article stating that 'over the past couple of weeks, opinions have suddenly started to form regarding a ranking system that would limit the ability of certain lawyers to appear in court'.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NUCLEAR TEST
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a seismic event that had a magnitude of 5.1 on January 5, 2016, in an area 19 kilometers (12 miles) east-northeast of Sungjibaegam at about 9:30 a.m. local time. In South Korea, the meteorological agency said the "man-made" event registered magnitude 4.3. China Earthquake Networks Center in Beijing is describing the event as a "suspected explosion."
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
Bloomberg reported on January 6, 2016,that net capital outflow from China in Q4 2015 amounted to US$ 367 billion.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The state-run Global Times, quoting the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), announced on January 6, 2016, that Lu Xiwen, a former Beijing Deputy Party chief had been dismissed her from public office for multiple offenses, including making groundless statements against the Party line.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INDIA
Global Times published an article on China-India relations on January 5, 2015, by Fu Xiaoqiang, Research Fellow and Director, Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) which is affiliated with China's Ministry of State Security.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ECONOMY
The China Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for December stated that Chinese manufacturers saw their operating conditions deteriorate for the 10th straight month with the PMI figure at 48.2. It shrank from 48.6 in November.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-HONGKONG
Commenting on the the alleged "missing person's" case of Lee Bo, a shareholder in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay Books, the state-run Global Times on January 5,2016, sought to clarify that Lee Bo is actually "assisting an investigation" in the Chinese mainland and that he was not taken away by Chinese mainland police officers as alleged in the Hongkong media. Asserting that reports in the Hongkong media were "ideologically biased", it said that "Causeway Bay Books almost only publishes and sells mainland-related political books, many of which contain maliciously fabricated content.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: MAO ZEDONG
Local villagers have built a 36.6 meters high gold statue of Mao Zedong at a cost of Yuan 300 million at the northwest corner of Zhu Village, Tongxu County in Henan province. (Comment: Report of construction of this statue comes amidst other reports of resurfacing of Mao nostalgia.)
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
51-year od Li Shulei, a close aide of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been appointed secretary of Beijing’s Commission for Disciplinary Inspection on January 3, 2016. His predecessor Ye Qingchun, 64, has reached retirement age.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/MILITARY REFORM
On December 31, 2015, on the occasion of conferring flags on the newly created organisations, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined the direction of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in an official speech known as a “precept”, becoming only the second person to do so since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Xuexi Zhongguo, a smartphone app managed by the Central Party School said Xi Jinping delivered a 'precept' speech, or Xun Ci, which literally translates as “admonishing words”, on December 31, 2015.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-VIETNAM: PLA AIR FORCE FLIGHTS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Following a test-flight late last week by China's PLA Air Force (PLAAF) on the airstrip completed by China in November 2015,Vietnam formally accused China on January 2, 2016, 'of violating its sovereignty' and a recent confidence-building pact.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-STRATEGY:OBJECTIVES OF MILITARY REFORM
The state-run Global Times on January 2, 2016, publicised that China's Central Military Commission (CMC) had released a guideline on deepening national defense and military reform on New Years Day. It noted that a day earlier, the CMC had announced establishment of the General Command of Army, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force and the PLA Strategic Support Force.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL; PROPAGANDA/CULTURE
Following the Chinese Culture Ministry's publication of a list of 120 songs banned from the internet, Beijing's top rapper group IN3 was detained by local police and is likely to be prohibited from performing on stage in China.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
A group of academics fro m the People's Republic of China plan to recommend grant of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan's Ma Ying jeou.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SECOND AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Col. Yang Yujun, spokesman for China's Ministry of National Defence, confirmed at the monthly news briefing in Beijing on December 31, 2015, that China is building a second aircraft carrier and that, unlike the first, this will be produced entirely using China’s own designs and technology.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-PLA
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Col Yang Yujun confirmed at the monthly briefing of the Ministry of National Defence (MND) on December 31, 2015 that Zhang Yan, who was the head of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) 26th Group Army and one of its youngest commanders, went drinking with two subordinates currently serving in the PLA's 39th Group Army, one of whom drank himself to death.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL STABILITY
The official Xinhua news agency almost 1,000 local people protested outside the Huadong Supermarket in Yongchang's county town, overturning police cars and beating up Jinchang's mayor Zhang Yinghua, after a 13-year-old girl and resident of Yongchang county in Gansu province, jumped from the top of a tall building on Monday after being accused of shoplifting. Armed police were dispatched to disperse the crowd provoking clashes with local people.
CCAS
Jan 2016

CHINA-ROK: MARITIME DISPUTES
The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on December 9, 2015, that the South Korean Navy fired warning shots at a Chinese patrol boat that crossed the Yellow Sea border between Seoul and Pyongyang and sailed 2 kms into South Korean waters. South Korea's Navy fired after broadcasting six warnings through radio communications.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY:IMF
In the biggest shake-up since the IMF and the World Bank were set up to manage the post-World War II economy, the US Senate voted on December 29, 2015, to increase China’s voting rights in the International Monetary Fund by nearly 60%.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREX BUSINESS
Reuters reported on December 30, 2015, that the People's Bank of China (PBoC) has temporarily suspended some foreign exchange businesses of several foreign banks until the end of March.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA PERSONNEL CHANGES
PLA General and Political Commissar of the General Logistics Department Liu Yuan, retired on December 23, 2015. Attending a farewell ceremony with colleagues from the General Logistics Department, he delivered a speech. Liu Yuan is 64 years old, one year below the mandatory retirement age for officers of his rank who are not members of the decision-making Central Military Commission.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REFORM
The Hongkong-based South China Morning Post on December 20, 2015, reported that by the end of January 2016, five new "strategic zones" will replace the PLA's seven military commands and that the General Political Department, General Logistics Department, and General Armaments Department will be closed.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: RESHUFFLE IN ECONOMIC ENTITIES
The China Power New Energy Development announced that 54-year old Li Xiaolin, daughter of former Chinese Premier Li Peng, had resigned on December 30, 2015, as Chairwoman of the company. Li Xiaolin was also Chairwoman of China Power International Development, a sister firm of China Power New Energy Development.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PARTY AND CHINA DREAM
Xinhua reported that speaking on December 30, 2015, during the CCP CC Politburo's group study session on the history of the Chinese nation's patriotism, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for promoting patriotism to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Xinhua on December 29, 2015, disclosed that the 25-member Politburo of the CCP CC had held a “democratic life meeting” on December 28, 2015, when China’s President Xi Jinping called on top Communist Party leaders to strictly manage the people close to them to prevent corruption – and to learn from the fall of their former colleagues Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai and others.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
47 young Filipinos calling themselves 'Kalayaan Atin Ito' (Kalayaan This Is Ours) camped on a remote Philippine-held island of Pag-asa, also known as Thitu, in the Spratlys chain in the South China Sea in a symbolic stand against China’s claim to most of the waterway. “Kalayaan”, the Filipino word for freedom, is also the name of the township established by the Philippines in the Spratlys to assert its claim to part of the island chain. While the government opposed the move, President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said on December 27, 2015, that “We recognise the patriotism of these youths that made them venture out.”
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-RELIGION: CHRISTIANITY
The Vatican's official news service ucanews, reported sources in Sichuan province as saying the Holy See had approved the appointment of Bishop-designate Tang Yuange of Chengdu in October, shortly after a six-member Vatican delegation visited Beijing to meet with Chinese officials. The ordination will take place in 2016.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed on December 26, 2015, that it denied Mme Gauthier’s application to renew her press card, effectively resulting in her expulsion from China since her journalist visa – set to expire on December 31 – cannot be renewed without a valid press card. MOFA found Gauthier “no longer suitable to continue working in China” because her November 18, 2015 article in the French newsmagazine, L’Obs, “championed acts of terrorism and the slaughter of innocent civilians . . .”
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: COUNTER-TERRORISM LAW
On December 27, 2015, China's National People's Congress, -- its version of a parliament -- passed a new 38 Article anti-terrorism law that requires technology firms to hand over sensitive information such as encryption keys to the government and allows the military to venture overseas on counter-terror operations. Speaking after China passed the law, Li Shouwei, Deputy Head of the NPC's Criminal Law Division under the Legislative Affairs Committee, said China was simply doing what other Western nations already do in asking technology firms to help fight terror.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PLA: ECONOMY
Xinhua reported on December 29, 2015, that the State-owned Enterprises (SOE)s have been instructed to reserve 5 per cent of their total recruitment for those who have left the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). (Comments: There have been reports, including in China's official media, of PLA officers being concerned that the impending demobilisation of 300,000 personnel would adversely impact them and could provoke social instability.)
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: URBAN PLANNING
Xinhua reported on December 22, 2015, that China held its Central Urban Work Conference in Beijing on December 20 - 21, 2015, when Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made speeches mapping out blueprints for urban development.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Speaking at a meeting on China's economy for the 2015-2016 period, which was attended by government officials, think tanks, and entrepreneurs, Yang Weimin, Deputy Director of the Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs said: "Structural reform, especially cutting overcapacity, will inevitably affect the employment status and income of some people, but that's a step we have to take."
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
BBC on December 28, 2015, reported that the official website of the Party's anti-corruption body the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) had announced the removal of 58-year old Chang Xiaobing as Chairman of China's second-largest telecom company, China Unicom on suspicion of "serious violation of discipline". He was reported missing by the local media on Sunday.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-ESPIONAGE: DEFECTION
1947-born Meng Jianzhu, Politburo member and Secretary of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission (Zhengfawei), was recently reported by two independent Hong Kong-based political magazines, Qianshao and Chengming, to have disclosed in a confidential speech to party cadres that China's most closely guarded secret­s, including nuclear codes, had been lost to America.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PLA: DEVELOPMENT OF STEALTH AIRCRAFT
On December 27, 2015, China's official news agency Xinhua published slightly blurry photos that show a plane parked on a runway at an unidentified military airfield, coated in a yellowish paint typically used before the application of radar absorption material.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PLA
The Hongkong-based South China Morning Post reported on December 28, 2015, that in a signed commentary in the PLA Daily published on December 27, 2015, recently, Cui Lianjie, a Deputy Director at the PLA Nanjing Institute of Politics, said that President Xi Jinping’s reforms of the military were aimed at consolidating the Communist Party’s control over the armed forces.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The South China Morning Post on December 26, 2015, reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping has become among the most travelled world leaders since he took office in 2012. He visited 14 countries in 2015 alone.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-US: COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
On December 22, 2015, Tang Energy Group Ltd, a Dallas-based clean energy company, won a more than $70 million arbitration award for breach of contract against China's biggest state-owned aerospace and defence company, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). Tang Energy argued in front of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in Dallas that AVIC did not fulfill commitments to help fund a West Texas wind farm and develop a global wind energy business as part of a joint venture, Soaring Wind Energy.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XIV DALAI LAMA AND TIBET
Responding to a Reuters special report headlined "China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama" alleging that the Chinese government is materially supporting Shugden worshippers to undermine the XIVth Dalai Lama, the Chinese government issued a statement on December 21, 2015.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTESTS IN TIBET
News has just emerged of the detention of Tashi Dhondup, a young Tibetan man, who walked along a road in Dzoege (Chinese: Ruo’ergai) county town on December 19, 2015, wearing traditional Tibetan dress and bearing a photograph of the Dalai Lama, with a Buddhist flag on his back.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PLA: DF-41 MISSILE TEST
U.S. intelligence agencies monitored the canister ejection test of a DF-41 missile from a rail-mobile launcher on December 5, 2015, at the Wuzhai missile test center, also known as the Taiyuan satellite launch centre in Shanxi Province. US officials say this test 'marks a significant milestone for Chinese strategic weapons developers and demonstrates that Beijing is moving ahead with building and deploying the DF-41 on difficult-to-locate rail cars, in addition to previously-known road-mobile launchers.' Phillip A. Karber, a defense expert who heads the Potomac Foundation, said his organization recently identified a DF-41 at a special launch site at Taiyuan.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-PLA: DRONES
Chinese Predator-type drones are being used on two fronts in the Middle East, the first time modern, high-tech weaponry by the People's Republic has been used on the battlefield. The CH-4 (Cai Hong, or Rainbow)-4, a medium-altitude, long endurance armed drone, entered service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force in 2014.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA
The PLA Daily on December 9, 2015, reported that “China has been updating its home-made blinding laser weapons in recent years to meet the needs of different combat operations,” clarifying that “Blinding laser weapons are primarily used to blind … targets with laser[s] in [the] short distance, or interfere [with] and damage … laser and night vision equipment” .
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA/DISSENT
The state-run Global Times on December 22, 2015, reported that the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court's verdict delivered on December 22 morning in the case of Pu Zhiqiang sentenced him to 3 years imprisonment, suspended for three years for 'the crime of incitement to ethnic hatred'. Xinhua News Agency said that Pu Zhiqiang pleaded guilty to repentance.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY
China drafted three new laws in 2015 that will provide security officials with unprecedented powers to monitor online and offline activities across the country. These are: the draft Counter-Terrorism Law, which calls for the introduction of facial recognition software and a national database on criminal suspects; the National Security Law; and the Draft Internet Security Law, both of which require telecommunication and internet service providers to store and share all data located on their servers with Party authorities.
CCAS
Dec 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
The Party theoretical journal Qiu Shi on Nov 1, 2015, published a detailed excerpt of Politburo member and Secretary of the Politics and Law Commission Meng Jianzhu's speech at the National Social Security Protection System Construction Work Conference held in Beijing on September 23, 2015. In his speech, Meng Jianzhu focussed on internet security and controls.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
As China prepares to enter its 13th Five-year Plan period, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also heads the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reform, called for more reform and innovation on November 9, 2015.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA- TIBET: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
In comments posted on the CDIC website, TAR Party Secretary Chen Quanguo of the party's graft-busting Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, asserted that "Tibet's lack of oxygen and position at the frontline of fighting separatism did not mean it ignored the battle against corruption".
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL:ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Reports circulating in China claim that Shanghai Vice Mayor Ai Baojun is under investigation on charges of corruption. Ai Baojun was formerly a senior executive at Baosteel, and was appointed to head the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SHFTZ) in 2013.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: MEETING OF PRESIDENTS
The office of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on Nov 5, 2015, clarified that such a meeting had been under discussion since the APEC Summit in 2013 and that its purpose is to "to consolidate cross-strait peace and maintain the status quo by reviewing the past and looking to the future". Recalling that the "23 agreements signed over the past seven years had brought about the most stable and peaceful period in cross-strait relations in 66 years", the statement said "the task now is to further reduce ill will". It stressed that "no agreement will be signed and no joint statement released".
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
Speaking at the National University of Singapore hours before his historic meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel with President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated that islands in the South China Sea “have been China’s territory since ancient times,” and that countries from outside the region should respect the need of Asian nations for a “peaceful and stable environment” so the nations could develop rapidly. Xinhua reported these remarks.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Figures released by the People's Bank of China , China's central bank on its website on Nov 8, 2015, announced that China's foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, rose by $11.5 billion in October to $3.5255 trillion.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-VIETNAM
Chinese President Xi Jinping embarks on a 2-day visit to Vietnam on Nov 5, 2015 -- the first by a top Chinese leader in 10 years. Acknowledging that bilateral relations "have been at a low ebb" since last May when China deployed an oil rig around the Xisha Islands, the state-run Global Times claimed on Nov 5, 2015, that "recent months have seen tensions thawing as the leaderships of both countries have sped up the frequency of their interaction".
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
Well-known Chinese news site Sina reported on October 31, 2015, that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs made an official statement that The Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration's (PCA) rulings on the South China Sea were not valid and were not binding.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Reports state that 22 provinces, more than 200 enterprises/suppliers, and 36 universities/institutes were involved in producing the C919 aircraft. Some analysts have observed that the wings of the Chinese aircraft resemble the latest curved wingtips on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on October 30, 2015, that Wu Zeheng, founder of the Guangdong-based Buddhist group Huazang Dharma, was sentenced to life in prison and lifetime deprivation of political rights on October 30, 2015, by the Zhuhai Intermediate People’s Court and fined 7.15 million yuan. The Zhuhai Intermediate People’s Court also declared that Huazang Dharma was a “heretical religious organization.”
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLLUTION AND PROTESTS
At 8.00 am on Sunday, November 1, 2015, over 10,000 villagers demonstrated at the Stone Township, Wannian County Industrial Park demanding removal of the polluting chemical plant. They carried placards saying: "All the people reject pollution, heavily polluting toxic chemical plant get out!" During the protest angry villagers smashed some of the chemical plant equipment in an attempt to shut down the toxic plant, and clashed violently with hundreds of police.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: SOUTH KOREA
In the strongest remarks yet by a South Korean official, South Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-Koo, at a news briefing with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, called for freedom of the seas and the skies in the South China Sea. He said “It is our stance that freedom of navigation and freedom of flight should be ensured in this area, and that any conflicts be resolved according to relevant agreements and established international norms,"
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Nov 1, 2015, that the U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter to remind China and other countries about U.S. rights under international law.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: PRESIDENTIAL MEETING
The Taiwan President's office confirmed an initial report in the Chinese-language Liberty Times late on Nov 3, 2015, evening that Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in Singapore on Nov 7, 2015. The two Presidents will not sign agreements and will not issue a joint statement but, according to SET-TV, will hold separate press conferences after the meeting.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-CLIMATE CHANGE
Already the second largest polluter in the world, latest figures disclosed in China's official statistics reveal that China is burning far more coal annually than previously thought.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
On Nov 3, 2015, China announced that it will allow its tightly managed yuan to trade freely by 2020, potentially easing trade tensions with the United States and other nations.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The CDIC website on Nov 3, 2015, announced the expulsion from the CCP of Zhang Genheng, former head of the frontier army regiment under Xinjiang's public security bureau and Li Wenli, former director of the military service office of the Inner Mongolia regional public security department.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INDIA
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao is to arrive in India on Nov 3, 2015, on a 5-day visit.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-TRILATERAL MEETING WITH JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA
After the sixth Trilateral China-Japan-South Korea meeting over the weekend of Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced: "All sides shared the view that trilateral cooperation has been completely restored in this meeting."
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-GERMANY: ECONOMIC
Airbus signed an order on October 30, 2015, to sell 130 commercial jets to China in a deal worth US$17 billion. This includes an order for 30 A330 jets. Airbus - which has an assembly facility in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin - is engaged in a fierce struggle with the US' Boeing for dominance in the crucial Chinese market.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOREIGN OUTREACH ON THE 13TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
The Second Understanding China Conference opened on November 2 at the Yanqi Lake International Conference Center in the suburbs of Beijing with over 40 former heads of state, global strategists and business leaders attending the conference and discussing the development of China's 13th Five-Year Plan as well as the country's role in global governance.
CCAS
Nov 2015

China-Internal: Macau
56-year-old Lai Man Wa, the first ever customs Chief of Macau, was found dead on October 30, 2015, with her wrists and neck slashed and a plastic bag over her head, prompting Macau's Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak to summon an emergency meeting. She and her husband came from very loyal leftist patriotic families.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
Amendments to the Criminal Law announced by China's highest court Nov. 1 included preparing an attack, inciting terrorism, using extremism to break the law, carrying goods for terrorism purposes and wearing clothing or logos linked to religious extremism.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
On Nov 1, 2015, China established a new national 'espionage or clues' hotline for people to report on foreign spies along with an 8 point guideline on how to spot potential spies.
CCAS
Nov 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: XI JINPING
In a written interview with Reuters on Sunday Oct 18, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping asserted China's stand on South China Sea territory and expressed hope for peaceful collaboration with neighboring countries.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-LAOS: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
On October 19, 2015, China announced an investment of 200 billion yuan (US$ 31.4 billion) in a 4,500-sq-km zone pilot economic zone on the border with Laos.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-TERRORISM: SHOOTING IN PHILIPPINES
Chinese Consul General Song Ronghua was injured and two employees of the Chinese Consulate in Cebu, Philippines, were killed at 1.30 pm on October 20, 2015, while attending a luncheon celebration at the Lighthouse Restaurant.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: JOBS/UNEMPLOYMENT
The People’s Daily on September 19, 2015, published an article reporting that the unemployment rate among college graduates who came from the countryside is 30.5 percent.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-PROPAGANDA:ECONOMY
The CCP CC Propaganda Department on September 9, 2015, issued a series of 'Neibu' (classified-internal use) documents to all media and news outlets instructing them to only report positively on the economic situation. They also recommended some points for inclusion in the news reports.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Addressing the Global Poverty Reduction and Development Forum in Beijing on October 16, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted by Xinhua as saying that the Chinese government will enact more support policies to lift the country's 70 million poor people above the poverty line by 2020.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CYBERSPACE
A new “Chinese on-line volunteer army” staffed by members of a nationalist right-wing network group, is springing up.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
On October 21, 2015, the Chinese publication Caixin quoted an official PLA website as reporting that 66-year old retired academician PLA Major General Zhou Guotai, who was formerly Deputy Head in charge of fuel and supplies at the PLA's General Logistics Department and is a Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was being investigated on charges of corruption.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
Rumors circulating on Chinese cyberspace claim that Chinese President Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan (b. 1962) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (b. 1955) have both recently visited top cancer hospitals in the US.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: SYRIA
Though China has not yet officially supported Russia's bombing campaign in Syria, Putin’s move is popular among both China’s state media and its online populace. Reports in China’s official state media have characterized Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria as a productive measure, welcomed by both the Syrian government and people, and purely aimed at stopping the Islamic State.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-US: AMERICAN IT COMPANIES IN CHINA
While Cyberhacking and Cyber theft were major items high on the US agenda for discussion with the visiting Chinese President in late September 2015, the American IT giant International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) has become the first major U.S. tech company to comply with Beijing’s demands for reviewing source codes of products.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-AUSTRALIA-US: ESPIONAGE
57-year old Ms Sheri Yan, a very well networked Australian socialite who holds Australian and US dual nationality, has been charged in New York with funnelling almost US$1 million in bribes to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, John Ashe.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
CCP CC Politburo Standing Committee member and in charge of the country's propaganda apparatus Liu Yunshan attended North Korea's 70th anniversary celebrations in Pyongyang on October 10, 2015. He stood on the dias with North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un where he was seen talking animatedly and exchanging jokes with the latter.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-UK: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in London on October 19, 2015, evening to begin his 4-day state visit to UK on October 20, 2015.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-MARITIME STRATEGY: ARCTIC ROUTE
The September 2015 issue of the Chinese journal World Regional Studies contains an article discussing Chinese interests in navigation in the Arctic region.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: ONE ROAD, ONE BELT
Meeting the foreign representatives attending the Asian Political Parties' Special Conference on the Silk Road on October 15, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the 'conference with the theme of "New Vision of the Silk Road, Actions for Common Development," is of important practical significance.'
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
Xinhua announced on October 9, 2015, that China has completed the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea. A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
On October 15, 2015, China's authoritative and official news agency Xinhua reported that China's State Council had set a timetable for reform of the country's pricing mechanism.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY/LEADERSHIP
63-year old Mayor of Chongqing, Huang Qifan, who accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping on his recent visit to the US this September is tipped to get a key appointment in China's economic establishment.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS-DETENTION OF JOURNALIST
37-year old Liu Wei, Deputy Director of the Guangdong-based Southern Metropolis News, was detained by police in the city of Pingxiang, in Jiangxi province, on October 8, 2015, on suspicion of allegedly illegally obtaining state secrets.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The official Shanghai Daily reported on September 24, 2015, that the Chinese government had ordered all provincial-level regions to set up a "journalistic ethics committee" to catch “paid journalism, reporting of mistruths and blackmail with the threat of negative stories.”
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Hebei -based Yanzhao Metropolis Daily confirmed on October 8, 2015, that 55-year old Chen Wenqing, a former deputy chief of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), toured the Xibaipo Memorial Museum on September 22, 2015, in his capacity as party chief of the Ministry of State Security.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-XI JINPING
Reports referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping's past as a "social youth" are quietly circulating in Beijing.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
By a show of hands, the KMT has this (Oct 17, 2015) morning decided to replace the unpopular Hung Hsiu-chu with KMT Chaiman Eric Chu as its 2016 presidential candidate. KMT Chairman Eric Chu has already been warning that if the DPP comes to power it would mean an end to democracy as it will gain control of both the executive and legislative branches after January 2016.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-ARCTIC CONFERENCE
Participating in the third annual Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavík earlier this week, PRC Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming referred to China as a ‘near-Arctic’ state, a term which has probably not been used by such a high-ranking official till now.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
Addressing a high-level security forum attended by Southeast Asian defense ministers in China, CMC Vice Chairman General Fan Changlong said “We will never recklessly resort to the use of force, even on issues of sovereignty, and have done our utmost to avoid unexpected conflicts.”
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INDIA: SUBMARINE SALES TO PAKISTAN
China's English-language official Global Times on October 15, 2015 published an article captioned 'Sub sales no cause for worry in India' under a cartoon where India -- represented by apparently the Hindu god Lord Ganesh -- was watching one hand give a submarine to the other!
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-PLA: AIR FORCE
On October 14, 2015, the official China Daily publicised that the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) now had the capability to launch all-weather, long-range precision strikes as indicated by the H-6K bombers successfully completing several long-distance drills far into the Pacific Ocean.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGY-MARXISM
Peking University, which has been giving increasing attention to Marxism, sponsored the biggest academic conference on Marxism held in China on October 11, 2015.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP- XI JINPING
The Shaanxi Daily reported on October 15, 2015, that the central authorities had approved a 45-part Television series on Xi Jinping to be called Liangjiahe, after the villge where he spent time as a 'sent-down' youth during the Cultural Revolution.
CCAS
Oct 2015

CHINA-JAPAN
On September 19, 2015, Japan's parliament voted into law a defence policy shift that could let troops fight overseas for the first time since 1945. This marks a milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to loosen the limits of the pacifist constitution on the military.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
At London’s Defence & Security Equipment International, or DSEI, conference on September 14, 2015, American and Chinese Admirals sat alongside one another to present their views on maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-US: REPATRIATION OF CHINESE ECONOMIC CRIMINAL
Shortly before Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in the US, the Obama Administration has decided to repatriate Yang Jijun, who has been on China's list of '100 wanted economic fugitives' since April 2015.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-US: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Writing in the Washington Times on September 16, 2015, well-informed American journalist Bill Gertz discloses that talks this week between the Pentagon and Chinese military officials on minimizing dangers during aerial encounters got bogged down because of Beijing's insistence that US military halt all surveillance flights near Chinese coasts.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-US: PLA NAVY IN BERING SEA
Pentagon officials said on September 3, 2015 morning that five PLA Navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-INDIA-VIETNAM: OFFSHORE OIL EXPLORATION
India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Videsh Limited, the overseas arm of Oil and Natural Gas Corp, recently signed a production-sharing contract with PetroVietnam, the state-run oil company of the Southeast Asian country, to explore a section of the South China Sea known as Block 128, currently under Vietnamese control.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-INDIA: CARTOGRAPHIC AGGRESSION
China's official Global Times published a map on August 25, 2015, as part of its report on the distribution of Tibetan herbs (parasitic fungus), which depicted the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as disputed.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-TIBET
The official Global Times reported on September 2, 2015, that a newspaper affiliated with the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security had again stressed that political standards will come first in selecting cadres in Tibet, and people who violate six rules will be disqualified. Wang Chunhuan, Deputy Director of the Theoretical Marxism Institute of the Tibet Autonomous Region Academy of Social Sciences (TARASS), said these criteria have rarely been publicized.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
The Financial Times recently reported that more than 60 per cent of wealthy Chinese people surveyed in July said they planned to increase their overseas holdings in the coming two years. Residential property was the most popular future investment, followed by fixed-income securities, commercial property, trust products and life insurance policies.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-GRAND MILITARY PARADE
The 70-minute long grand military parade to comemmorate the 70th anniversary of Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War started in Beijing at 10.00 am on September 3, 2015. 12,000 officers and troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) marched along Chang’an Avenue by Tiananmen Square and over 500 items of weaponry and about 200 aircraft were on display.
CCAS
Sep 2015

CHINA-MILITARY AIRCRAFT DEVELOMENT
The Beijing-based China Aviation News reported on August 25, 2015 that the engine division of the Xi'an-based aeronautic and aerospace firm AVIC Qingan Group may be preparing to develop an aircraft with a higher speed than the US Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft. Quoting the Shanghai-based news web portal 'New Outlook', the report mentions a planned project which would see the development of China's first domestically-made turbofan-ramjet combined cycle engine, designed for an unnamed aircraft.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-TIBET: SIXTH WORK FORUM
China convened its Sixth Tibet Work Forum on August 24-25, 2015, n Beijing. Attended by the entire Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC), the Forum set out Tibet policy for the coming years. The emphasis of the CCP leadership at this forum was on ‘stability’, an euphemism for security.According to the Chinese state media, the meeting also emphasized the struggle against ‘separatism’, above economic development
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) announced on August 28, 2015 that two top executives at the online news website of the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, the People's Daily, are being investigated on charges of bribery. Liao Hong, President of the news site people.com.cn and Chen Zhixia, Vice President, are being investigated. Liao Hong, 52, had been in high-ranking positions at the People's Daily website since 2004, and was last seen in public at a media financial conference in Shenzhen on Aug. 19.
CCAS
Aug 2015

China-70TH ANNIVERSARY ANTI-JAPANESE MILITARY PARADE
Shanghai's Guancha Syndicate has disclosed that the PLA's Second Artillery Corps will be showing off seven models of missiles from its DF series at the upcoming Sept. 3 military parade. Releasing details of a full rehearsal on Aug. 23 of the parade, the official microblog of China's state broadcaster CCTV said six forces and seven models of the DF — "Dongfeng" or "East Wind" — missiles from the Second Artillery Corps, the PLA's strategic missile force, will appear in the formal parade on Sept. 3.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-70TH ANNIVERSARY ANTI-JAPANESE MILITARY PARADE
China's State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television has directed that China Central Television (CCTV) and all regional networks suspend broadcasting all entertainment programs and continuously play anti-Japanese dramas on September 3, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: NAVY EXERCISES
Seven Chinese warships sailed through the Tsushima Strait on August 17, 2015, on their way to participate in the China-Russian naval exercise codenamed Joint Sea-2015 (II) to be held in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and the Sea of Japan from August 20 to 28, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The Central Military Commission (CMC)'s Discipline Inspection Commission disclosed on August 18, 2015, that former PLA Major General Zhang Wansong is under investigation. Zhang Wansong was formerly Director of the Joint Logistics Department of the PLA Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC), and was probed on suspicion of serious disciplinary violations. His case has been transferred to the military procuratorates.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: NAVY EXERCISES
Seven Chinese warships sailed through the Tsushima Strait on August 17, 2015, on their way to participate in the China-Russian naval exercise codenamed Joint Sea-2015 (II) to be held in the Peter the Great Gulf, waters off the Clerk Cape, and the Sea of Japan from August 20 to 28, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ISRAEL: DEFENCE COLLABORATION
NAV Technology Company, a Beijing-based People's Liberation Army (PLA)-accredited, publicly traded firm is marketing an advanced airborne fire-control radar believed to be from Elta Systems, an Israeli state-owned subsidiary.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-STRATEGIC MISSILE DEVELOPMENT
Washington-based Bill Gertz recently reported that China had successfully carried out its fourth test of the road-mobile DF-41 ICBM with a range of between 6,835 miles and 7,456 miles and capable of carrying 10 nuclear warheads. The DF-41. The DF-41will hold multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV).
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: LANZHOU MR 'LIVE-FIRE' ARTILLERY EXERCISES
Recently, an anti-aircraft artillery regiment under the PLA Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC) conducted a live-fire shooting training exercise with its anti-aircraft artillery system in a training ground at the foot of the Tianshan Mountains.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA: TRANS-MR MILITARY EXERCISES
The "Firepower-2015 Qingtongxia D" trans-Military Area Command (MAC) live-fire military exercises, in which troops from a Regiment under the 21st Group Army of the PLA Lanzhou MAC and an Artillery Brigade under the 16th Group Army of the PLA Shenyang MAC, concluded at a training ground of the PLA Lanzhou MAC on the afternoon of August 16, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIANJIN FACTORY EXPLOSION
54-yea old Yang Dongliang, Director, State Administration of Work Safety in the State Council and Member of the 18th CCP Central Committee, resigned on August 17, 2015, accepting moral responsibility for the explosion recently in a Tianjin-based factory.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Eleven shadow banks have written an open letter to Zhao Kezhi, Hebei Party Secretary, asking for a bailout that would enable the bankrupt company to backstop loans to deadbeat borrowers. The letter appeals directly to the government’s concern about social stability and the fear of retail investors protesting the loss of “blood and sweat money”.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
In the first seven months of 2015, China’s total trade volume decreased by 7.3 percent, with exports and imports dropping 8.8 percent and 8.6 percent, respectively, in July.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-SRI LANKA
Captioned 'China-Sri Lanka ties transcend partisan politics' an article on August 19, 2015, in China's official Global Times commented on Mahinda Rajapaksa, former president and the UPFA's candidate for prime minister conceding defeat and argued that 'No matter which party takes power, it will maintain a good relationship with China'.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MARITIME SECURITY
The June 2015 issue of World Regional Studies, which is also circulated among Chinese Foreign Ministry officials and strategic analysts, published an examination of China’s maritime security vulnerabilities and how China can reduce them.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-EDUCATION: VETTING POLITICAL RELIABILITY OF TEACHERS
The CCP CC's Propaganda Department and China's Ministry of Education issued a joint communication stating that 'political and ideological theory will be assigned to qualified teachers, but political loyalty is a prerequisite for being hired'.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA: VETTING OF CIVILIAN PERSONNEL IN PLA
The official PLA Daily on August 6, 2015, disclosed that “To ensure absolute loyalty and reliability” the General Political Department of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Ministry of Public Security have expanded background checks for civilian personnel working for the military.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: FIGHTER AIRCRAFT PURCHASES
Citing a report of August 11, 2015, in the Moscow-based Vedomosti, the WantChina Times said that China will have to pay double what the Russian Air Force pays to purchase the Su-35 fighter.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-US: OP FOX-HUNT
A month prior to Chinese President Xi Jinping's scheduled visit to the US, the US administration has delivered a warning to Beijing about the presence of Chinese government agents operating secretly in the United States to pressure prominent expatriates, including some wanted in China on charges of corruption, to return home immediately.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIANJIN BLAST
The Chinese magazine Caijin has claimed that Dong Mengmeng, son of former Tianjin Port Public Security Bureau Dong Peijun, is suspected of being a shareholder of the company at the centre of last week’s massive chemical blasts when 700 tons of sodium cyanide exploded at the Hebei-based Ruihai International Logistics warehouse. The private company which has been accused of violating laws and regulations.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT
According to the Beijing-based Sina Military Network, the PLAAF views the new JH-7A "Flying Leopard" fighter-bomber as giving China a much-needed boost in aerial electronic warfare. The JH-7A is an upgraded version of the JH-7 twin-engine fourth generation aircraft manufactured by the Xi'an Aircraft Industry Corporation and is considered by Chinese military strategists to be a major step forward in China's bid for "electromagnetic supremacy."
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA: MISSILE DEVELOPMENT
The Chinese-language Want Daily Times quoted Japanese and US media reports as saying that China is believed to be developing a new DF-5B liquid-fuel missile that will be able to strike any target on the planet. Military commentator Gao Feng said the brand new DF-5B liquid-propellant rocket, as compared to the DF-5A, the DF-5B, will have an improved engine and superior precision and warheads and reports indicate that the range will also be boosted to 13,000 km and 15,000 km, enabling the missile to cover the entire planet. Its load capacity will be upgraded to carry from four to six warheads.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
54-year old PLA Major General Dong Youxin, who is Deputy Director of the Information Department of the PLA's General Staff Department and a Vice President of the All-China Women's Federation, was detained by the military's anti-graft watchdog for allegedly taking 7 million yuan (HK$8.86 million) in bribes.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR: ILLEGAL LOGGING
According to Kyodo news agency a court in northern Myanmar has sentenced 153 Chinese to life imprisonment for illegal logging, illegal entry and drug possession.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: TIBETANS
On July 22, 2015, Australia's New South Wales Police arrested eight Tibetan protesters who stormed the Chinese consulate in Sydney, including one person who scaled a flagpole to pull down the Chinese flag.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: EXPORT OF DRONES
Twitter traffic on January 27, 2015 revealed that China remote-controlled warplanes have had their combat debut in Nigeria, apparently helping Abuja’s military battle the deadly Boko Haram extremist group.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-RELIGION: CHRISTIANITY
As part of an ongoing crackdown against 'underground' churches and religious cults, the official Global Times reported on July 22, 2015, that nine members of "Almighty God," known in Chinese as 'Quannengshen', have been jailed for between 18 months and three years in Zigui County, Hubei.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: SLUMP IN AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
The China Passenger Car Association reported that retail deliveries of passenger automobiles dropped by 2.5 percent to 1.3 million units, the lowest level since February 2014.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
On August 11, 2015, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) devalued the Yuan (RMB) against the US Dollar by 1.9%: fixing the rate at 6.2298 from 6.1162.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: GRAND MILITARY PARADE
The US-based Duowei News reported on that the grand military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, will feature the latest variant of the PLA's DF-31 long-range, road-mobile, solid-fuel rocket intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).The DF-31 is among several strategic missiles of the PLA's Second Artillery Corps along with the DF-5 three-stage ICBM and the latest DF-41 nuclear solid-fueled road-mobile ICBM.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-US: NAVY CAPABILITY
Russian defence analyst Konstantin Sivkov wrote in the Moscow-based 'Military Parade' that even as China speeds up the development of its first domestic aircraft carrier, it would still be unable to defeat the United States in a future carrier battle.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-US: NAVY PORT CALL
A US Navy Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Stethem (DDG 63)' with 365 US Navy personnel aboard arrived in Qingdao port Shandong province on July 28, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOE REFORM
Xinhua reported tha a fresh round of inspections will be launched at 26 governmental agencies, institutions and SOEs including the Ministry of Transport, the People's Daily, the China Resources and the Aluminum Corp.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Xinhua reported on August 10, 2015, that a military court had that day sentenced Gu Junshan, former deputy head of the General Logistics Department of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, to death with a two-year reprieve for corruption.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-SEPTEMBER 3 MILITARY PARADE
The US-based Chinese political news outlet Duowei reported on August 6, 2015, that China is likely to show off its latest and most advanced weapons and military equipment at the major military parade in Beijing next month to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: PLA NAVY EXERCISES
The official website of the PRC's Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration (LMSA) announced on August 11, 2015, that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will perform military missions in the relevant waters of the Bohai Strait and the north of the Yellow Sea at 07:00 to 18:00 from August 11 to 12, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-IRAN: J-10 AIRCRAFT SALES
DebkaFile, an Israeli Military and Intelligence site of doubtful credibility reported last week that China and Iran are close to finalising an almost US$ 1 billion deal for the sale of 24 J-10 (Vigorous Dragon) aircraft to Iran.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INDIA: MILITARY COOPERATION WITH JAPAN
An article captioned 'Expanded Indo-Japanese military cooperation dangerous for Asia' authored by Lu Yaodong, Director of the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was published in the Global Times on August 5, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: INDIAN OCEAN
At the send off ceremony at Sanya for the PLA Navy's 21st anti-piracy Taskforce in the Indian Ocean, the Chief of Staff of the PLA Navy Vice Adm. Qiu Yanpeng said that since December 26, 2008, the navy has successively dispatched 20 taskforces to fulfill the escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off the Somali coast, thereby demonstrating that China is a "responsible country".
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: THREE PROPOSALS
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at a press conference after meeting Foreign Ministers from 10 ASEAN countries at the ongoing ASEAN foreign ministers' meeting, listed three proposals for resolving the South China Sea disputes.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER SECURITY
China's Ministry of Public Security issued a statement on August 6, 2015, that China plans to set up "cybersecurity police stations” at major internet companies and for websites so authorities can move more quickly against illegal online behaviour.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
The official Global Times publicised that China's Ministry of Education and the CCP CC's Propaganda and Organisation Departments jointly directed on August 5, 2015, that Chinese officials from the city level should give political science lectures to university students at least once every semester.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China's official Global Times reported on August 6, 2015 that Chinese leaders may not be meeting at Beidaihe the seaside resort in Hebei Province this year.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: NAVY EXERCISES
Reflecting their deepened military cooperation, the navies of China and Russia will hold their first ever joint landing drills during a large-scale naval exercise later this month in the Sea of Japan. This will be their largest joint Pacific exercise and will be held from August 20 to 28, 2015.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-US: RETURN OF CORRUPT OFFICIALS
There are strains in China-US relations caused by the US' refusal so far to return former CCP CC Politburo member Ling Jihua's businessman younger brother, Ling Wancheng. Ling Wancheng owns a 7,800-square-foot home, which he bought from a professional basketball player for US$2.5 million. US officials say that Ling Wancheng would have a treasure trove of information regarding the CCP and Chinese cadres close to Xi Jinping, which the Chinese would not like the US to have access to .
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: JAPAN
In addition to Chinese investing in properties and real estate in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, in the first three months of 2015, Japan has emerged as another investment destination. The sale of Japan's residential property to Chinese buyers rose 70% to around US$908 million, according to statistics from Taiwan-based Sinyi Real Estate. Out of every 100 apartments sold in Japan, 10-15% are sold to foreign investors from Asia. Chinese buyers are reported to be attracted by easy loan procedures and low interest rates. Down payments on houses in Japan are also as low as 10%, and the investments generally draw a stable return from rent.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: HONGKONG ECONOMIC JOURNAL
Lam Shan-muk, founder of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, sold all his remaining shares to an offshore trust company privately owned by telecoms tycoon Richard Li Tzar-kai, at a time when the publication's editorial independence is under question.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: NEW STRATEGIC WEAPONS AGAINST US, JAPAN AND INDIA
Japan's Kyodo News on August 2, 2015, reported that China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Command College had published a report in November 2014 which said that China needs to develop new strategic weapons against the United States, Japan, India and Vietnam in the Asia-Pacific region.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-PLA: LOYALTY TO CCP
A commentary in the People's Liberation Army Daily asserted on Augusr 3, 2015, that a " handful of corrupt officers cannot alter the "true color" of the People's Liberation Army" and that "the PLA, after removing its own tumor, will become healthier."
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION IN PLA
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s official mouthpiece on July 6, 2015, reported that since 2013 more than 200 officers in The PLA of the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and above had been punished for corruption-related offences.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA RECRUITMENT
On August 1, 2015, the PLA began a two-month drive to recruit young people, especially those with education. China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said it is looking mostly for people educated to high school level or above.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP
The Chinese Communist Party on July 29, 2015, issued new regulations on the promotion and demotion of Party cadres.
CCAS
Aug 2015

CHINA-KYRGYZSTAN: SECURITY COOPERATION
PLA Major General Ni Rong, Deputy Director of China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Border Control Department, met the head of Kyrgyzstan’s State Border Service (SBS), in Bishkek on July 16, 2015, and handed over security-related equipment valued at 300,000 yuan.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ETHNIC MINORITIES: XINJIANG
On July 14, 2015, more than 200 police in Shenyang, Liaoning, shot dead three “knife-wielding” Uighurs, caught 16 "terrorism suspects," and detained a woman and her three children during a raid. Police were reportedly searching for suspects related to the “June 12 Hijra case,” but provided no further details.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: STOCK EXCHANGE CRISIS FALL OUT
The managing director of a subsidiary at Aviation Industry Corp of China, Yang Shengjun, has lost his job for illicitly selling stocks of another subsidiary. Earlier,Lin Zuoming, Chairman of AVIC was among the first senior Chinese officials to declare he would defend the country's stock market from "malicious foreign short-sellers".
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: ADIZ
On July 25, 2015, for the first time since its imposition, a Lao Airlines flight, number QV916, enroute from South Korea’s Gimhae International Airport to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (LPDR), was turned back by Chinese airspace controllers for not having approval to pass through 'Chinese airspace'.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLAN NAVY
The Chinese-language website of China's official Global Times, citing an article in the August issue of Kanwa Defense Review, on July 27, 2015 said the PLA Navy (PLAN) was constructing its second aircraft carrier base on Hainan island. According to the report, the base incorporates a pier which can dock large ships on both sides, suggesting that both carriers can dock at the PLA Navy's carrier bases at the same time.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE TRAINING
China's official media publicised on July , 2015, that 77 new PLAAF pilots were imparted 5 hours flight training using the two seater training aircrafts under the supervision of a trainer. They highlighted that this is the first time in China that such young cadets are being given the flight training.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA SECOND ARTILLERY EXERCISE IN TIBET PLATEAU
On July 28, 2015 a Regiment of the Second Artillery conducted a live-firing exercise with " new artillery guns" at a location in the Tibet Plateau and at heights between 3700 metres and 4800 metres.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA 'LIVE-FIRE' EXERCISE "JOINT OPERATION-2015B"
Live-fire training exercises codenamed “Joint Operation-2015B” and participated in by troops from the PLA's air force, army aviation force, armoured force and special operations force, began in eastern Anhui Province, East China, on July 27, 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LI XIAOLIN
The Chinese dissident-run news outlet Boxun, or Bowen News, reported on 27 July 2015 that former Chinese Premier Li Peng's eldest daughter Li Xiaolin has taken Buddhist monastic vows and her new religious name is “Gedan Yangjin Cuomu.”
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APPOINTMENTS
Unconfirmed rumours emanating from Beijing claim that at an 'informal' meeting of the PBSC in Beidaihe on July 223-24, 2015, it had been decided to appoint Wang Huning as Shanghai Party Secretary; to move Han Zheng from Shanghai to Beijing as director of the office of Deepening Reform Leading Small Group; and Xiao Gang as Deputy Party Secretary in Chongqing.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
A former Vice President of Xinhua news agency who masterminded a crackdown on Guangdong’s relatively liberal media since May 2012, 55-year old Tuo Zhen was promoted on July 18, 2015, to Deputy Head of the Central Publicity Department, a ministerial level position. HongKong's South China Morning Post said that the promotion comes as a reward for tightening the restrictions on Guangzhou’s media,
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
An article in China's official Global Times on July 21, 2015, reacted to the US Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Scott Swift's confirmation that he had been aboard a P-8 for a seven-hour close surveillance flight over the South China Sea.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S DEFENCE WHITE PAPER
The latest Defence White Paper issued on July 21, 2015, by Japan's Defence Ministry demanded that China top construction of a new offshore platform near the median line between China's coastline and that of Japan in the East China Sea. Confirming construction of the platform the White Paper entitled: 'Defense of Japan 2015', did not reveal the number of new platforms China is building, their size and location, or other details. However, on July 10, 2015, Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told a Diet session that China "could deploy a radar system on the platform and use it as an operating base for helicopters or drones conducting air patrols" over the East China Sea where Beijing asserts claim over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: 2016 ELECTIONS
Wu'er Kaixi, an ethnic Uyghur and well-known Chinese dissident who fled China just at the time of the crackdown in Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989 and a Taiwanese citizen for the past 20 years, is to announce his decision to be a candidate for the pro-independence DPP in Taiwan's forthcoming national elections in January 2016. He is to make the announcement on July 25, 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-HONGKONG: PARTY SHAKE-UP
China's State Council on July 22, 2015, suddenly announced that it had accepted Hongkong Chief Executive CY Leung's recommendation to fire two high rank officials.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ETHNIC MINORITIES: TIBET
Sonam Topgyal, who self-immolated on July 9, 2015, at the centre of Kyegudo, in the rural county of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province (the Tibetan area of Kham) is reported to have left a note for the Dalai Lama where he said that 'China’s policies are aimed at eradicating Tibet’s religion, culture and traditions, and destroying the environment. Tibetans have no recourse to express their views about the situation'.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-CCP LEADERSHIP
China's state media including Xinhua and CCTV reported on July 21, 2015 night that one-time top aide to former Chinese President Hu Jintao and Director of the powerful CCP CC's General Office, Ling Jihua, was officially expelled from the Chinese Communist Party and formally arrested and will be criminally prosecuted on corruption charges.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: AIRCRAFT CARRIER
China's official media reported that the Dalian Shipyard, a renowned subsidiary of the China Shipping Industry Corporation (CSIC), will build China's first domestically produced aircraft carrier. The Jiangnan Shipyard will likely build China's second domestically-built aircraft carrier.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY
The Science and Technology Daily, a newspaper owned by the official Ministry of Science and Technology, disclosed that China will build a hybrid reactor to achieve nuclear fusion and fission in one place by 2030.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: STOCK EXCHANGE CRISIS
According to latest revelations, China's big state-owned banks have lent a combined Rmb1.3tn ($209bn) in recent weeks to the China Securities Finance Corp, for lending on to brokerages to finance their investment in shares and to purchase mutual funds directly.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
In its first announcement on the subject in more than six years, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) announced that it held 53.3 million troy ounces of gold as of the end of June 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PLA
Xi Jinping, who combines the posts of Chinese President, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, met senior officers of the Chinese armed forces while visiting the 16th Group Army, on July 18, 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-IDEOLOGY
Some scholars have criticised a government-approved exhibition that opened to the public on July 1 at the Beijing National Stadium and will run for two to three years. Admission is free for "sent-down youths".
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN
Around 50 students demonstrated on July 13, 2015 at the Education Administration building to present their demands to the Ministry of Education and protest against a China-centric curriculum. Despite the heavy presence of security guards, the students lifted up a rolling shutter and 13 of them forced their way into the building, according to Taiwanese newspapers.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PROTESTS ABROAD BY CIVIL/HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS
Protests were organised by different 'interest' groups outside the Chinese Consulate in New York July 13, 2015. Falungong members protested against organ harvesting in the morning; Chinese 'democrats' (dissidents) protested against the recent arrests and disappearance of more than 150 human rights lawyers and activists, and demanded their immediate release the same afternoon; and later in the afternoon Tibetans staged a protest against Tenzin Gelek Rinpoche's death and demanded that the Chinese government give his body to his family. Members of Students for a Free Tibet managed to get inside the New York Chinese Consulate yesterday and created quite a scene.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ETHNIC VIOLENCE
Police in Shenyang shot and killed three men on July 13, 2015 when they lashed out with knives and shouted jihadist slogans when officers tried to enter their apartment.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: RESETTLEMENT OF CHINESE MILLIONAIRES ABROAD
In its latest list the New World Wealth, a company which provides information on the global wealth sector, noted that out of the top 10 nations with the most millionaires, China came in fifth, with 608,500 millionaires in 2014.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
The National Bureau of Statistics of China on July 15, 2015 released statistics for the first half of 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL/LEADERSHIP
Wan Li, the last of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s revolutionary veteran cadres known as the “Eight Immortals,” died on July 15, 2015, at the age of 98. Wan Li, who joined the Party in 1936 and rose to become Chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), was a close associate of Deng Xiaoping's and had a hand in some of China's earliest economic reforms after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL: XIANGSHAN FORUM
The sixth Xiangshan Forum, cosponsored by China Military Science Society (CMSS) and China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), will be held in Beijing from Oct 16 to 18. The theme will be "Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Reality and Vision", and subjects will include discussions on security trends in the Asia-Pacific region, security concepts in Asia, maritime security and anti-terrorism.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN: LABOUR DISPUTE
Citing Kazakhstan's KAZ Minerals company, Tengrinews reported that a large fig
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLAAF: LONG-RANGE AIRCRAFT
A report in the official China Daily published on July , stated that at a Central Military Commission (CMC) meeting, the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) was referred to as a “strategic force” a title usually reserved for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Second Artillery Corps.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
On July 14, 2015 the People's Bank of China (PBoC) announced on its website that “For the purpose of supporting the stock market's stable development, the People’s Bank of China will actively assist China Securities Finance in getting liquidity by way of repos, collateral lending or issue financial debt papers”
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-US: XI JINPING'S VISIT IN SEPTEMBER 2015
Human Rights activist and Civil Rights groups in the US have petitioned the US President requesting cancellation of the invitation to Chinese President Xi Jinping in view of the ongoing crack-down against civil rights lawyers in China.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA: SECOND ARTILLERY EXERCISES
China's military news media reported on July 7, 2015 that recently a Second Artillery Regiment of the 1st Group Army commenced large-scale live ammunition exercises combat exercises in Northwest China to brush up the combat ability of the troops.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: STOCK MARKET
The financial crisis in China took an ominous turn for the worse over the week-end as investors dumped shares despite government-led measures to stabilize prices.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATURAL CALAMITY
Super Typhoon Chan-hom hit the coast south of Shanghai late on July 12, 2015 afternoon as winds of up to 160km/h forced the evacuation of at least 1.1 million people and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) website announced on July 12, 2015, afternoon that 61-year old Xi Xiaoming, Vice President of the Supreme People's Court has been detained on suspicion of serious violation of law and is currently undergoing investigation.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-TIBET: SELF-IMMOLATION BY MONK
Despite heightened security imposed across Tibet during the period around the Dalai Lama's birthday which was on July 6, 2015, Sonam Topgyal, a Tibetan monk in his late twenties set fire to himself in the main square of Kyegudo (Yushu) on July 9, 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CRACKDOWN ON HUMAN/CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERS
In an apparent crackdown on human and civil rights lawyers over the last week, at least 18 rights lawyers have been detained or have gone missing, and more have been temporarily taken away. Many more have reported being asked to 'have chats' and been told by the authorities not to participate in any rescue actions, with 57 affected in total.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: HUKOU REFORM
The Guangdong authorities published new guidelines on reform of the hukou (national household registration) system on July 6, 2015 which aims to grant local household registration to roughly 13 million migrant workers by 2020, allowing them to access public services—spanning housing, health-care, social security and education—that are typically reserved for urban residents.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY EXERCISES IN TIBET
An Artillery Regiment of the Tibet Military District (TMD) carried out a live fire tactical exercises on June 29, 2015, using new types on cannon at a height of about 4800 meters in a cold mountain. Female soldiers participated in the artillery live firing exercises in this region for the first time, with 7 female soldiers participating.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLAAF'S NEW AIR CRAFT
The official China Daily recently reported that the PLA Navy had late last year received delivery of several four-engined Gaoxin-6 anti-submarine aircraft.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS
The Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Central Military Commission (CMC) announced on July 10, 2015, that Major General Deng Ruihua, former Political Commissar of the Joint Logistics Department of the PLA Lanzhou Military Area Command (MAC), was under investigation "on suspicion of serious disciplinary violations" and has been transferred to the military procuratorates.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA: 2ND ARTILLERY PROMOTIONS
On July 9, 2015, the Second Artillery announced the promotions of:Tang Guoqing and Chen Pinghua to the rank of Lieutenant General.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-THAILAND: REPATRIATION OF UYGHURS
On July 8, 2015, Thailand forcibly handed over 109 Uyghurs to Chinese authorities. The Uyghur American Association (UAA) condemned the "forcible return" of the 109 Uyghur refugees stating it placed them at high risk of mistreatment. The UAA quoted Thai diplomatic sources as saying that that 67 Uyghurs remain in Thailand, among them elderly persons, women and children.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ARMED POLICE APPOINTMENTS
The appointments of Xu Guoyan as Political Commissar of Shanghai and Zhao Shuyi as Political Commissar of Heilongjiang People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) were announced on July 8, 2015.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: STOCK MARKET
Following the rout in China's stock market last week that erased almost US$ 3.9 in market value, China's Ministry of Public Security said it will help the China Securities Regulatory Commission investigate evidence of “malicious” short selling of stocks and indexes, according to a statement on its website Thursday.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PARTY
The CCP CC Politburo met on July 6-7, 2015 to discuss the work of 'mass organisations'. All seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee were present. The meeting decided to deepen the reach of the mass organizations in society and directed Party committees to make their work a higher priority, and mobilize them to push state ideological goals among the public.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-GREECE: ECONOMIC BAILOUT
In a press briefing on July 6, 2015, China's Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping insisted that China is involved in finding a way to resolve the situation in Greece and that Beijing has been in discussions with both Athens and Brussels.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INDIA: MISSILE DEPLOYMENT
China's official Global Times on July 3, 2015, reported that China has deployed HQ-9 air defense missiles to Hetian airfield in the south of the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIETY
China's Ministry of Civil Affairs recently showed that divorce rates in China have continued to rise steadily in the past 12 years since 2003 and that around 3.6 million Chinese couples got divorced in 2014. According to statistics, Beijing has the highest number of divorces of any of China's major cities as over 55,000 of its couples have split up.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: RAPID MOBILITY EXERCISES BY TRAIN
As part of rapid mobility exercises, a People's Liberation Army brigade from the Lanzhou Military Region boarded a high-speed train on May 14, 2015 and was transported to Xinjiang — 300 miles to the west. The exercises are part of preparations for rapid transportation of troops to sites of potential conflict along land borders.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA SECOND ARTILLERY EXERCISES
China's military newspapers reported on July 6, 2015 that the PLA Second Artillery Brigade is participating in the 2-month long Artillery Live-Firing Exercises "Fire Power- 2015. Qingtongxia A" at the Qingtongxia Training Base of Lanzhou Military Region. It added that this year the PLA will organise Army Second Artillery cross-MR bases live ammunition exercises.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued a circular that effective July 1, 2015, guests of TV programs, TV shows, including news, commentary and interview panels should not recruit guests in the role of supporting host will no longer be allowed to be employed as presenters.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: WORLD BANK REPORT
Denying accusations on July 3, 2015, that the World Bank had bowed to Chinese pressure and censored itself by removing a contentious chapter from its Report on China's economy, the World Bank quietly removed a chapter from its website that delineated “reform priorities in China’s financial sector”.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA DOCUMENT ON WORK MGT
With the approval of the Central Military Commission (CMC) the PLA General Staff Department (GSD) issued a document on July 3, 2015, further regularizing work guidance and management at the grassroots level for the PLA and PAPF. Consisting of 12 articles, the documents lists measures to intensify overall work planning and coordination, cut meetings and messages, reduce big events, strictly control the number of inspection and evaluation activities, and implement rules on vacation and home leave.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA NAVY ETIQUETTE PROTOCOL
The PLA Navy on July 2, 2015, issued a Naval Etiquette Protocol to all naval troops for trial implementation.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA'S CAPABILITIES
China's military newspapers recently announced that the PLA's landing combat capability has improved due to a series of new equipment and facilities and that China's Marine Corps is now capable of landing any where around the world.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY (PLAN): EXERCISES
The destroyer (054A) of the PLA Navy's North Sea Fleet, 'Daqing', conducted live-ammunition firing and fired anti-aircraft missiles in early July. Official Chinese media reports on July 3, 2015 stated that the exercise was under a complex electromagnetic environment and that the ship hit all the "enemy" incoming missiles.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLAA: MILITARY EXERCISES
China's official media reported on July 5, 2015, that commandos of a Division of the 13th Group Army carried out high-altitude para-jump training in a high altitude mountainous forest to enhance combat capability.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-THAILAND: PURCHASE OF CHINESE SUBMARINES
The Royal Thai Navy Commander-in-Chief Adm Kraisorn Chansuwanit said on July 2, 2015, that the Royal Thai Navy has decided to buy three submarines from China in a government-to-government contract worth Bt36 billion.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA AIR DEFENCE EXERCISES
The PLA began its 7 trans-MAC live-fire training exercises codenamed "Firepower 2015 Shandan" successively in the Hexi Corridor of northwest China's Gansu Province from July 1 to middle September, 2015. A new type of Air Defence Missile is being used in the exercise.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: EX IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
A PLA Navy website announced on July 2, 2015,that the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy organized and conducted a joint live-fire confrontation exercise that day in which "hundreds of ships, dozens of combat aircraft conducted combat exercises in the Yellow Sea" participated.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEAS: CONSTRUCTION ON ISLETS
China said on June 29, 2015, that land reclamation had now finished on "some islands" in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-TERRITORIAL CLAIMS: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On June 27, 2015, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted by Reuters as saying that changing position on China's claims over the South China Sea would shame its ancestors, while not facing up to infringements of Chinese sovereignty there that would shame its children.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CHINA PROTESTS BY MUSLIMS
Anti-China protests continued across Turkey for a second day on July 2, 2015, with crowds gathering in public places to demand that China stop what marchers perceive to be discrimination against its Muslim population.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP
The Organization Department of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee released a report on June 29, 2015, announcing that the CCP membership increased to 87.793 million members as of the end of 2014.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP CONTROLS IN ENTERPRISES IN CHINA
Xiaomi, China's largest smartphone maker established a Party committee on June 19, 2015, according to the Beijing Haidian district government website on June 28, 2015. The event was attended by officials from both Beijing municipal and Haidian district governments and Xiaomi Chief Executive Lei Jun gave a speech. during the event, the website said.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA-CIVIL RELATIONS
The PLA's Nanjing Military Area Command (MAC) announced on June 30, 2015, that following the heavy floods approx.11,000 troops have been deployed to Nanjing, Changzhou and Wuxi, to assist the civilian population in relief work.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: BAD BANK LOANS
The Bank of China's bad loans rose 38% in 2014. There was a 58% rise in loans that are a complete loss, and a 68% increase in loans that were repaid late between 91 and 180 days. However, the biggest category of problem loans is the "special mention" loans. These totalled:
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER SECURITY
On July 1, 2015, China's National People's Congress adopted a National Security Law that enables authorities to "take all necessary" measures to safeguard territorial sovereignty and ensure full control over China's Internet infrastructure.
CCAS
Jul 2015

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA'S 80th BIRTHDAY
The International Campaign for Tibet, quoting Radio Free Asia (RFA) claimed on June 29, 2015, that the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday was marked in Tibet on the weekend of June 21-22 in devotional ceremonies in monasteries and in the heart of Lhasa, despite the dangers of punitive actions from the Chinese Government.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA EXERCISES IN EAST CHINA SEA
China's Maritime Safety Administration announced on its website that PLA troops will conduct live-fire exercises using actual weapons from June 30 to July 6 in the waters near East China Sea.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-JAPAN
Asahi Shimbun reported on June 28, 2015, that while speaking at the World Peace Forum Symposium in Tsinghua University in Beijing on June 27, 2015, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Japan must accept the reality that China is now a major player on the world stage for bilateral relations to improve.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-JAPAN/PHILIPPINES AND SOUTH CHINA SEA
A Japanese military patrol plane circled over disputed parts of the South China Sea on June 23, 2015 at the start of an exercise with the Philippine military that has irked China.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's Maritime Safety Administration announced on June 25, 2015, that the US$ 1 billion oil-rig the 'Haiyang Shiyou 981' rig would carry out "ocean drilling operations" 75 nautical miles south of the resort city of Sanya on southern Hainan island.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US: CMC VICE CHAIRMAN FAN CHANGLONG'S VISIT
US President Barack Obama broke with a two-decades long precedent last week when he did not meet General Fan Changlong, the Vice Chairman of China's powerful Central Military Commission, during his five-day trip to Washington that commenced on June 15, 2015.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNREST IN SHANGHAI
The Shanghai authorities have thus far successfully blocked and censored information about a rare massive protest happening in Jinshan district, far from the city centre.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNREST IN XINJIANG
On June 22, 2015, a group of ethnic Uyghurs attacked a police traffic checkpoint in he Tahtakoruk district of southwestern Xinjiang’s Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) city, leaving at least 28 people dead, several of whom were bystanders.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNREST AMONG PLA VETERANS
Authorities in Beijing have detained hundreds of former People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers after thousands of them staged a sit-in outside China's Central Military Command on June 23, 2015, in protest over a lack of pension and other benefits.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROVINCIAL SECURITY REORGANISATION
China Police Daily reported on June 23, 2015 that Sun Jianguo resigned as Hunan's police chief, but stayed on as head of the province's politics and law committee, which oversees the police, courts and prosecutors for the entire province.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY:AIIB
Delegates from 57 countries will gather in Beijing to sign an agreement on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
The Shanghai Composite index dropped 7.4 per cent on June 26, 2015, when two-thirds of the listed stocks hit their 10 per cent daily downward limit. Since June 12 intra-day peak the index has lost 19 per cent.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
The South China Morning Post reported recently that PLA Major General Dong Youxin (f), 54, who is Deputy Director of the Information Department of the PLA's General Staff Department and a Vice Ppresident of the All-China Women's Federation, was detained by the PLA's anti-corruption body for allegedly taking 7 million yuan (HK$8.86 million) in bribes.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL:ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN TAR
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), China's anti corruption watchdog body, on June 26, 2015, announced that 55-year old Le Dake, Deputy Chief of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) People's Congress Standing Committee had been detained.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA REFORM
The Boxun news outlet also reported on June 22, 2015, that military reforms are now to begin being implemented. They will involve readjustment of military benefits and entitlements, as well as restructuring of the army, air force, navy, Second Artillery Corps and other branches of the military. Professionalization and specialized training will be stepped up.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA-CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
he Chinese-language Bowen News outlet reported on June 22, 2015, that the Chinese Communist Party leadership under Xi Jinping has decided to send the case involving former Central Military Commission Vice Chairman General Guo Boxiong to the military procuratorate. It said an announcement will be made in the next few days, but because the case involves military secrets, the trial will not be held in public. Boxun cites news reports of Guo Boxiong's stone commemoration tablet being removed from the Laoshan Mountain battlefield site on the border between China and Vietnam as another signal that the decision on Guo Boxiong's case is about to be made public.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MONGOLIA: MILITARY COOPERATION/'KAHAN QUEST-2015'
More than 1200 troops are participating in the "Khaan Quest -2015" multinational peacekeeping and military exercises which commenced on June 20, 2015 at the Mongolia Armed Forces Training Center.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US: CHINA-US SED & HIGH LEVEL CONSULTATION ON CULTURAL EXCHANGES
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on June 19, 2015, announced that the seventh China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) and the sixth China-US High-level Consultation on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges will both be held in Washington on June 23 and 24, 2015.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US:ECONOMY
A report from the National Association of Realtors of the US, which tracks property purchases across the country, said that in the 12 months to the end of March 2015, Chinese buyers spent $28.6bn on mostly residential property in the US.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US: STRATEGIC & ECONOMIC DIALOGUE
The South China Sea, cyber security and human rights are to be high on the U.S. agenda at the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) to be held in Washington next week.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's leading website Sina Weibo displayed a slideshow of 17 photographs from Fiery Cross Reef. These show women sailors posing on ocean breakwalls, vegetable gardens and pigs in a pen.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Pan Gongsheng, Vice Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) on June 21, 2015, said that China is close to its goal of allowing the yuan to be exchanged for foreign currency without any limits on the amount.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: AIRCRAFT MFG COOPERATION
The JF-17 fighter, co-developed by Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Pakistan's Air Force (PAF), made its debut at the 51st Paris International Air Show which officially opened in Islamabad. Press reports say the JF-17 fighter presented a series of impressive actions during a 5-minute display of aerobatics.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/XI JINPING
China's official media showed enthusiastic crowds greeting President Xi Jinping as he toured the southwestern province of Guizhou this week and shook hands and waved to cheering bystanders. Photos and videos posted on Weibo did not diverge from the script.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY AND MERCHANT VESSELS
Unveiling the 'Technical Standards for New Civilian Ships to Implement National Defense Requirements', the China Classification Society said the plan will "enable China to convert the considerable potential of its civilian fleet into military strength".
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-PLA: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
Separately, China's Central Military Commission issued a a circular on June 17, 2015, pledging to continue fighting corruption in the People's Liberation Army (PLA), after it initiated prosecutions of two more senior officers.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
Confirming that Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption is not slowing down, the state-owned English-language China Daily quoted a CDIC announcement to report on June 17, 2015, that Long Zenglai, Board Chairman and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) chief of the state-owned China Investment Securities, has been removed from office following a graft investigation.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: AVERAGE ANNUAL INCOMES
Earlier this month the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Statistics along with the Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security released a joint report regarding the average yearly income of Beijing residents during 2014. According to the report, the average employee in Beijing makes RMB 77,560 per year, or RMB 6,463 per month, an increase of 11.6 percent over 2013's figures, which were RMB 69,521 and RMB 5,793, respectively.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: AGRICULTURE
Since the 1990s the Chinese government has invested a huge amount of money to build grain facilities. It built 300 granaries in the 1990s and more than 1,100 national reserve facilities at the beginning of the century.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: SOUTH CHINA SEA
A report on China's Global Times website on June 17, 2015, said that most recent satellite images provided by Google Maps show a PLA warship docked at Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.The boat's pennant number is 999, suggesting it is the Jinggang Shan, an Yuzhao-class Type 071 amphibious transport dock.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: CENTRAL ASIA
China's Global Times on June 16, 2015, claimed that Russia had decided to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles into Central Asia, reportedly to confront Chinese influence in the region, since China's declaration of its Belt and Road initiative.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
A Xinhua despatch noted a statement of China's National Energy Administration (NEA) issued on June 15, 2015, that China's electricity consumption, an important indicator of economic activity, rose only 1.6 percent year-on-year to 456.7 billion kilowatt hours in May, slightly up from the 1.3 percent rise seen a month earlier.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: SHINZO ABE'S INTERVIEW WITH PHOENIX TV
In the first interview by a Japanese Prime Minister with the Chinese-language media in seven years, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to the Chinese-language Hongkong-based Phoenix TV station on June 15, 2015, and said 'Japan has learned profound lessons from World War II' and that the proposed security legislation would not lead to conflict between China and Japan.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: MILITARY EXERCISES
China last week announced that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) were conducting a joint exercise near the Bashi Channel.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: MILITARY COOPERATION
General Zhao Keshi, Member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and Director of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s General Logistics Department (GLD), met Lt. Gen. Syed Tariq Nadeem Gilani, Chief of Logistics Staff of the Pakistan Army in Beijing on June 15, 2015.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's State Council on June 15, 2015, announced the appointment of the following seven new members of the Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee: Deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Lian Weiliang; Vice Finance Minister Shi Yaobin; the People's Bank of China (PBOC) Assistant Governor Zhang Xiaohui; and head of China Banking Association Tian Guoli. The PBOC Monetary Policy Committee will continue to be chaired by PBOC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CCP/POLITICAL
On June 16, 2015, China's official news agency Xinhua published the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s set of new 39-Article Regulations on the recently constituted Party Work Groups. These were to become effective from June 11, 2015.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily on its official Sina Weibo account disclosed on June that two more senior officers are under investigation, namely Kou Tie, former Commander of the Heilongjiang Provincial Military Command and Liu Zhanqi, former Commander of the Communications Division of the People's Armed Police Force. Both were initially probed in November 2014 by the CDIC units of the PLA and the Armed Police Force, respectively, and their cases were transferred to military procurators in May.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMIC
The China Railway Rolling Stock Corp Ltd (CRRC) announced on June 12, that it will provide 14 subway trains with 112 carriages in total to Kolkata, India. This is the first overseas order that CRRC has received. The train giant, a merger of CNR Corp and CSR Corp, got this order from its subsidiary company – CNR Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company in February.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN
CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng announced at the seventh Straits Forum, the largest annual event for cross-Strait exchanges, in Xiamen, Fujian province, that the Taibaozheng, a passport-like document that carries the entry permits for Taibao, or Taiwan compatriots, will be abolished and replaced by a card.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Vietnam's Thanh Nien newspaper reported that on June 7, 2015, Chinese vessels damaged a Vietnamese fishing boat with water cannons and three days later a Vietnamese fishing boat was attacked and robbed of equipment and its catch.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's Coast Guard has plans to use a large-scale coastal base proposed to be built in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, to conduct maintenance and repair work on ships and training crew members.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
Zhang Chunxian, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, at a meeting of 700 Muslim, Buddhist and Christian religious leaders in Urumqi on June 14, 2015, warned that "hostile forces" were stepping up their infiltration in the restive region and that their teaching must be "sinicised" to ensure social stability.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CIVIL SERVICE EDUCATION IN CHINESE CLASSICS
Millions of government officials and civil servants on the mainland have been asked to learn ancient Chinese classics - or "guoxue" - as part of a patriotic indoctrination course aimed at boosting their talents and morals and for a nation-wide examination.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-IDEOLOGY
The CCP's official newspaper People’s Daily on June 14, 2015, launched an assault on colour revolutions, saying the movements are a by-product of the United States spreading its ideology. Page five of the newspaper carried five articles written by scholars exploring the roots of colour revolutions, their negative impacts, and how China might learn from the experience of those nations affected.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: SOCIAL DISCIPLINE
China Daily, quoting Beijing Youth Daily, reported on June 15, 2015, that more than 70 offspring of billionaires in East China's Fujian province were educated at a training session to raise their awareness of social responsibility and patriotism.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) in a statement disclosed that Sun Hongzhi, Vice Minister of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce, and Liao Yongyuan, former General Manager with China National Petroleum Corporation, have been expelled from the CCP following investigations for graft.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR: AUNG SAN SUU KYI
The CCP's International Department announced on May 6 that the National League for Democracy of Burma (NLD), led by democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, will visit China from June 10-14, 2015. The official news agency Xinhua emphasised that her visit does not indicate any change in Beijing's relations with Myanmar and Yangon need not be concerned. This will be Aung San Suu Kyi's first visit to China.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: AIR FORCE AND MILITARY COOPERATION
The Liberation Army Daily reported on June 6, 2015 that Pakistan Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, had an hour-long meeting with General Ma Xiaotian, member of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and Commander of the PLA Air Force, at the PLA Air Force headquarters in Beijing on June 1, 2015.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-PLA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's military media publicised on June 5, 2015 that an Air Defense Regiment of the Nanjing MR and an aviation Unit of PLAAF had conducted a combat confrontation exercise on June 4, 2015.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-MALAYSIA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Malaysia's Borneo Post reported on June 3, 2015, that a patrol boat of the China Coast Guard had been detected encroaching on the waters surrounding the Luconia Shoals, which are administered by Malaysia but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
Liang Fang, a professor at China's National Defense University (NDU), published an article on the website of China's state-run Global Times on June 5, 2015 where he attributed three reasons for the US making moves to heighten tension in the South China Sea region.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US: PLANNED HIGH LEVEL EXCHANGES
Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, General Fan Changlong is scheduled to pay an official visit to the US in early June. This will be followed by visits by Vice-Premier Wang Yang and State Councillor Yang Jiechi for the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and a summit between Presidents Obama and Xi Jinping planned for September.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Chinese Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai in an interview with Adam Horvath, world editor of the Wall Street Journal, on May 29, 2015, warned it was "very surprising to us that the US has overreacted to the situation and is escalating the situation."
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY
The Beijing-based Sina Military Network reported on May 25, 2015, that China appears to be developing a Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) similar in concept to that being built by the United States.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: CONSTRUCTION OF LIGHT HOUSES
The official news agency Xinhua reported on May 26, 2015, that China’s Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multifunctional lighthouses on Huayang Reef (in English Cuateron Reef) and Chigua Reef (in English Johnson South Reef) on the disputed Spratly islands, in defiance of calls from the United States and the Philippines for a freeze on such activity.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA PREPARATIONS FOR POSSIBLE CONFLICT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
The state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on May 28, 2015, that the People's Liberation Army has decided to demonstrate several of its most advanced weapon systems to the people living on Hainan island.
CCAS
Jun 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On May 16, China's Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, reiterated his government's firm stance on its activities in the South China Sea following a meeting with the visiting US secretary of state, John Kerry. He said "The determination of the Chinese side to safeguard our own sovereignty and territorial integrity is as firm as a rock, and it is unshakable."
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-SINGAPORE: NAVY EXERCISE
On May 24, 2015, the Singapore and Chinese navies concluded their inaugural Exercise Maritime Cooperation 2015. Chinese missile frigate Yulin, Singapore's Formidable-class frigate the RSS Intrepid and Victory-class missile corvette the RSS Valiant participated in the bilateral maritime exercise. Zhang Mingqiang, was the Commander of the Task Group of the Chinese Navy.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: US SEC INVESTIGATIONS
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a subpoena in late April to the JP Morgan bank requesting all of its communications related to 35 mostly high-ranking Chinese government officials. PBSC member and CDIC Chairman Wang Qishan’s name was first on the list .The Wall Street Journal has a copy of the subpoena. Investigators have focused on the bank’s employment of the son of China’s commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, who offered to help the bank if it let his son hold on to his job at J.P. Morgan, according to emails between J.P. Morgan bankers.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL:TIBET
A 37-year old Tibetan woman and mother of two from Chone County in Kanlho region of Gansu Province, Sangye Tso, has reportedly died after setting herself on fire around 4AM (local time) on May 27, 2015, in front of a building of Chinese Security personnel and armed forces near Tashi Choekhorling monastery in protest against China’s occupation of Tibet and its hard-line policies.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA NAVY
At a two-day conference held by the US Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute in Newport, Rhode Island last week, James Fanell, the former director of the US Pacific Fleet's intelligence and information, predicted China will eventually have about 415 warships including four aircraft carriers and 100 submarines in the near future.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: AGRICULTURE
In a despatch on May 27, 2015, Xinhua reported that China's Ministry of Agriculture had published a guideline the previous day on achieving "zero discharge" of agricultural waste by 2030. The guideline also set targets on agricultural science and mechanization.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
On May 25, 2015, an editorial in China's state-owned Global Times said that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country's "most important bottom line."
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: CHINA'S FIRST WHITE PAPER ON MILITARY STRATEGY
On May 26, 2015, China's State Council Information Office issued China's first white paper captioned 'China's Military Strategy'.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INDONESIA: ILLEGAL FISHING
On May 20, 2015, Indonesia destroyed the Gui Xei Yu 12661, a steel-made, 300-gross-ton Chinese fishing vessel caught fishing illegally in Indonesian waters near the South China Sea. This was the first Chinese vessel to be destroyed by the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo since it came to office last year and declared war on illegal fishing.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY:ONE ROAD, ONE BELT
The Financial Times on May 24, 2015, published an article written by China's Ambassador to UK, Liu Xiaoming, captioned 'New Silk Road is an opportunity not a threat'. It claimed that "the Chinese mind is never programmed around geopolitical or geoeconomic theory. As Confucius said: “He who wants success should enable others to succeed.”
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-SPACE
The Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information, affiliated to the China Academy of Space Technology, on May 23, 2015, released its evaluation that China's space capabilities are ranked the fourth in the world and that the gap between the leading powers is narrowing. It said that China is at a crucial period developing from a major power to a great power in space.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-SOUTH AMERICA: RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION
China's scheme to build an east-west railway 5,300km (3,300 miles) across South America, cutting across parts of the Amazon rain forest, and linking Peru's Pacific coast with Brazil's Atlantic shores moved forward on Maty 23, 2015, after talks between the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala. It will cost more than $10 billion (£6.5 billion).
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-IMDEX ASIA 2015: PLA NAVY
The PLA Navy's new domestic-made Type-054A guided-missile frigate, 'Yulin' participated in the 2015 International Maritime Defense Exhibition (IMDEX Asia) held at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) in Singapore on May 19 to 21, 2015 and was berthed at the naval base in Changi.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHNIA SEA
Separately, on May 21, 2015, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei reaffirmed China's territorial claims in the South China Sea and urged the U.S. to keep its promise of a neutral position on the sovereignty issue.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-WEST PACIFIC: PLAAF
On May 21, 2015, People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) spokesman,Shen Jinke, said the aviation division has for the first time flown across the Miyako Strait, the open sea between Japan's Miyako and Okinawa islands, for deep-sea training in the West Pacific.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGEc
Xiaoxing Xi, a world-renowned expert in the field of superconductivity and Chairman of theTemple University's physics department, was suspended after being was charged on May 20, 2015, for involvement in a scheme to provide sensitive U.S. defense technology to entities in China, including its government.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR: BORDER SECURITY
In view of the increased fighting between the Myanmar Armyand rebel forces in the Southern Tianmemshan plateau, Chinese Public Security, the People's Armed Police Force and PLA have strengthened their patrolling and deployments along the border with Myanmar.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER HACKING AND '50-CENT' ARMY
Unicorn Nocturne , a Chinese hacker group, says it has penetrated the computer system of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's powerful Communist Youth League, exposing 100 internal documents that reveal the inner workings of a nationwide network of online propagandists known as the "50-cent army."
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
Addressing the top echelons of China's security apparatus in Beijing on May 19, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked them to keep "firm faith" and "absolute loyalty" to the Party in the face of the tough tasks to safeguard national security and social stability in the fast changing domestic and international environment and where there are huge uncertainty and risks.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TELECONFERENCE OF NATIONAL SECURITY COMMISSION
The Canada-based political news website 'Boxun' claims to have obtained a memo from a telephone conference of the National Security Commission describing official efforts toward a unified crackdown on politically-liberal thought and civil society. A translation of Boxun's post is given below::
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTEGRITY CHECKS FOR CADRES
Zhuang Deshui, Vice Director of the Research Center for Government Integrity Building at Peking University, said that the Party's anti-corruption office has done a good job in cracking down on graft, and should expand on that by establishing a mechanism for ensuring officials are clean.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: HACKING/CYBER THEFT
It was reported on May 15, 2015, that Penn State University President Eric Barron wrote to 500 partners, comprising companies, government agencies, and other universities as well as 18,000 students and professors whose personal data, including social security numbers, were on one of the computers, of "the advanced attack against our College of Engineering by very sophisticated threat actors.”
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: PACOM-PALS
According to a recent report in the Star Advertiser, the US Marine Corps is holding its inaugural PACOM Amphibious Leaders Symposium (PALS) , from May 17 to 21, 2015, in Hawaii to which around two dozen foreign nations have been invited.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: PLA NAVY'S ENCOUNTER WITH US NAVY PATROL
The Beijing-based Sina Military Network reported on May 13, 2015, that USS Fort Worth, a US Navy Freedom-class littoral combat ship, had a run-in with the Yancheng, a PLA Navy Type 054A guided-missile frigate, during its patrol over the disputed Spratly islands on May 11, 2015. The US Navy ship was on a 7-day patrol from its base in Singapore.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE: J-16 AIRCRAFT
The Beijing-based Sina Military Network on May described China's domestic J-16 multirole fighter/bomber as the key in the People's Liberation Army Air Force's transformation from a from a defense-oriented unit into an offensive power.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-SOUTH AMERICA: BRAZIL
BBC reported on May 15, 2015 that during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Brazil next week, agreements for Chinese investments totalling almost US$ 50 billion for new infrastructure projects are due to be signed by banks from both countries.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Morning Star, the UK-based affiliate of the official mouthpiece of the CCP, People's Daily,quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as saying at a routine press briefing on May 13, 2015, that US officials should clarify their remarks and warned that countries should avoid “risky and provocative approaches to maintain regional peace and stability.”
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: 70TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF WW-II
China was represented at the 70th anniversary parade of WW-II in Moscow by a 102-strong Honour Guard whose average height was six foot. Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his wife were in the audience. The honor guard gave a rousing rendition of the Russian wartime ballad “Katyusha” during a parade rehearsal in Russia—the clip of the singing has been viewed more than 16.5 million times on Chinese video-sharing website Youku
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: NAVY EXERCISES
An article in the official Global Times on May 7, 2015, quoted the Beijing-based Sina Military Network article explaining the reasons for the China-Russia navy drills being held for the first time in the Mediterranean. It said that despite the statement of the Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Geng Yansheng that "The aim [of the drills] is to deepen both countries' friendly and practical cooperation and increase our navies' ability to jointly deal with maritime security threats," and that "These exercises are not aimed at any third party and have nothing to do with the regional situation," there is no doubt that joint military drills will always send a signal. It asserted that, for example, US-Japan drills in the East China Sea and US-Philippines drills in the South China Sea "are surely aimed at China due to the territorial disputes in those regions". Similarly "US-South Korea drills, on the other hand, are clearly aimed at North Korea".
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Satellite images recently released by Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), show Vietnam has carried out significant land reclamation and added buildings at two sites in the disputed South China Sea in the land area of Vietnamese-controlled Sand Cay and West London Reef in the Spratly archipelago. The additions include military facilities like defensive positions, gun emplacements, and new buildings at Sand Cay and West London Reef. China has condemned Vietnam's actions.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INDIA: PM MODI'S VISIT TO CHINA IN MAY
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying, at the regular weekly Press Conference on May 6, 2015, made the following comments on Indian Prime Minister Modi's upcoming visit to China.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The BBC on May 9, 2015, quoted US Pentagon officials as saying that China has reclaimed 810 hectares (2,000 acres) since the beginning of 2014 that could potentially be for military use. The Pentagon report said that China had reclaimed 200 hectares (500 acres) in 2014 at five of its outposts in the Spratly Islands and that another 610 (1,500 acres) have been reclaimed since then. The reclamations suggest the possibility that "China is attempting to change facts on the ground by improving its defence infrastructure in the South China Sea".
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-PLA REORGANISATION
The Canada-based Chinese-language Kanwa Defense Review disclosed on May 8, 2015 that Chinese Generals attending the recent NPC session in March 2015 discussed redefining the national interests of China and launching major military command structure reform. The article stated that the Generals felt that for the PLA to carry out missions to protect China's interest around the Asia-Pacific region, it needs to change the command structure of the PLA.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA: LEADERSHIP TRAVELS
Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing on May 6, 2015 afternoon for visits to Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. Xi Jinping's visit to Kazakhstan is at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi Jinping will visit Russia from May 8 to 10 and attend the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War in Moscow. He will pay a state visit to Belarus from May 10 to 12 at the invitation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: PLA NAVY IN BLACK SEA
China's official Global Times reported that internet users in Turkey uploaded pictures of the PLA Navy's 19th Naval Escort Task Force, consisting of a Type 903 replenishment ship and two Type 054A guided-missile frigates, entering the Black Sea through the Bosphorus on May 4, 2015.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC/LAW ON FOREIGN NGOs
China's National People's Congress (NPC) posted the Draft Law on Foreign NGOs on its official website on April 15, 2015, for public comment.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on May 5, 2015, that Chinese authorities have ordered Muslim shopkeepers and restaurant owners in Aktash village in the southern part of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region to sell alcohol and cigarettes, and promote them in “eye-catching displays.” Establishments that failed to comply were threatened with closure and their owners with prosecution.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over the twelfth meeting of the Central Leadership Group on Comprehensively Deepening Reforms on May 5, 2015 in Beijing.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INDIA: GLOBAL TIMES PUBLISHES ARTICLE LAUDING MODI'S CRACKDOWN ON FOREIGN-FUNDED NGOs
The May 5, 2015, issue of the official Global Times published an article by a Delhi-based Indian described as an 'independent journalist and strategic analyst', Rajeev Sharma.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA EXERCISES
The US-based Chinese political news outlet 'Duowei' reported on May 5, 2015, that China's national broadcaster CCTV had been authorised to to expose cheating in the People's Liberation Army during military drills.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: KMT CHAIRMAN AND CCP CC GENERAL SECRETARY MEET IN BEIJING
After almost six years the Chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) journeyed to Beijing to meet the General Secretary of the Chinese Community Party (CCP) Central Committee (CC), President Xi Jinping on May 4, 2015.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE: PURCHASES
Quoting the Beijing-based Sina Military Network, the Wantchina Times on May 3, 2015, claimed that China's acquisition of Su-35 supermaneuverable multi-role fighters from Russia is necessary despite the development of the J-11D air superiority fighter. The J-11D, an upgraded version of the J-11B, conducted its maiden flight on April 29, just as China is preparing to receive its first batch of 24 Su-35 aircraft from Russia.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-AIIB: ADB COOPERATION
Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), announced at a news conference in Azerbaijan on the first day of the annual meeting of the ADB's Board of Governors on May 2, that the ADB is set to provide joint project financing with the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and expand its annual credit line by 50 percent to $20 billion (2.4 trillion yen) in 2017.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: KMT CHAIRMAN MEETS YU ZHENGSHENG AND XI JINPING
Politburo Standing Committee member and Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng along with the new Chinese KMT Chairman Chu, attended the opening ceremony of the Tenth Strait Trade and Cultural Forum in Shanghai. KMT Chairman Chu later flew to Beijing where he met CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping.
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-INDIA: PRIME MINISTER'S VISIT
Below are the replies by the spokesman of China's Ministry of National Defence to questions posed at the regular press briefing by in Beijing on April 30, 2015
CCAS
May 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: GX-6 ANTI-SUBMARINE AIRCRAFT
The Global Times on April 28, 2015, reported that China's new GX-6 anti-submarine patrol aircraft appears to be ready for action.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: XI JINPING TO MEET KMT CHAIRMAN ERIC CHU
President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet the Chairman of Taiwan's ruling KMT party in Beijing on May 4, 2015. This will be the first meeting between the CCP General secretary and KMT Chairman since 2009. No major breakthroughs are expected.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-NEPAL: RESCUE AND RELIEF EFFORTS
China's official news agency Xinhua publicised China's rescue and relief efforts in Nepal after the disaster caused by the earthquake. China dispatched a 62-member search-and-rescue team, comprising mainly military personnel, to Katmandu along with six sniffer dogs and medical equipment which arrived there by midday on April 26, 2015. Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “The Chinese side is willing to offer all necessary disaster assistance to the Nepalese side.”
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: JET FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
Li Pei, former head of the aircraft project under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, told the Party mouthpiece People's Daily on April 24, 2015, that China will turn over the last batch of 50 FC-1 Xiaolong fighters to Pakistan over the next three years.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY
The Beijing-based 'Maritime China' on April 23, 2015, posted a picture of a model of the PLA Navy's future 40,000-ton amphibious assault ship on its official Weibo account.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TIBET EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
Xinhua reported on April 26, 2015 that the Chinese government is dealing with rescue and relief in Tibet, where 17 people were killed, another 53 injured and 12,000 evacuated. The Liberation Army Daily said that more than 1,700 Chinese troops in Tibet were mobilized for the relief efforts,
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NUCLEAR ARSENAL
Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University Professor and former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, disclosed that at a closed-door meeting with US nuclear specialists that he had attended, Chinese officials had conveyed that as per their estimates North Korea may ­already have 20 warheads, as well as the capability of producing enough weapons-grade uranium to double its arsenal by next year. US Admiral William Gortney, head of US Northern Command, earlier this month said that defence officials believed North Korea could now mount a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile called the KN-08.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PANCHEN LAMA'S SPEECH AT CPPCC
On Aprill 22, 2015, the US-based International Campaign for Tibet published the text of the speech that Gyaltsen Norbu, the Chinese appointed Panchen Lama, made at the CPPCC session in Beijing on March 4, 2015.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's anti-corruption body, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission published its list of the 100 most wanted economic fugitives on April 23, 2015, to emphasise China’s determination to seek foreign assistance to prosecute economic crimes.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: SHINZO ABE MEETS XI JINPING
On April 22, 2015, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo A Abe met Chinese President Xi Jinping for the second time in less than six months.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA'S WORLD VIEW: PROF YAN XUETONG'S ARTICLE
An interesting article in the Huffington Post on April 22, 2015, by Tsinghua University Professor Yan Xuetong argued that China is very unlikely to be able to overtake the US by 2049; that as global power shifts to the East, the world is moving towards a bipolar world; and that China and the US will be the two power global power centres.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE
The Global Times website on April 22, 2015, said China is making significant progress on the next version of its J-20 stealth and published photographs showing a modified Tupolev Tu-204 passenger plane suggesting clues to the J-20's radar system.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MILITARY CONSTRUCTION
According to an analysis by IHS Jane’s based on satellite imagery from Airbus Defense and Space, China has begun construction of a military-length runway along the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Xi Jinping arrived in Islamabad on April 20, 2015, to begin a 2-day state visit to Pakistan, the first by a Chinese President in nine years.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: 'EDUCATION' CAMPAIGN FOR PARTY CADRES
Xinhua disclosed on April 19, 2015, that the CCP CC General Office is set to soon launch a campaign to improve the conduct of officials at county-level and above. It will focus on the "three strictness" and three solidness".
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: AIIB
Quoting informed sources Reuters reported on April 19, 2015, that China offered Japan the top-ranking post of the Vice President at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), but Japan did not accept the offer.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING'S VISIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping's 2-day state visit to Pakistan commenced on April 20, 2015. He will address a joint session of the Pakistani Parliament.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INDIA: OFFICIAL CHINESE COMMENT ON PURCHASE OF RAFALE
Commenting on India's recent purchase of the Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter jet from France, China's official news agency Xinhua said the aircraft's aerodynamic design, avionics and engines are superior to its Chinese counterpart, the Chengdu J-10, which has entered service with the PLA.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-BUREAUCRACY
China's State Council released a statement on its website on April 16, 2015, of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's meeting with China's bureaucrats this week.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: AIIB
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post said on April 18, 2015, that the Chinese government will push for the yuan to become one of the denominations and settlement currencies for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China's official media front-paged commemorative articles on April 15 on the occasion of the late popular Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang's birth centenary.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-SOEs: AFRICA- PRIVATE SECURITY
The Frontier Services Group, owned by Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, a former member of the Navy SEALs and heir to a Michigan auto parts fortune, is now focussing efforts on Africa.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-US: CHINA'S ASAT TEST
Speaking at the annual Warfighters Lunch at the Space Symposium in Colorado on April 14, 2015, US Air Force Lt General Raymond, head of the 14th Air Force, confirmed that China's ASAT test of July 23, 2014 had been “successful” and that China has successfully placed low earth orbit satellites at risk. He said “Soon every satellite in every orbit will be able to be held at risk.”
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA: COUNTERS US PROPAGANDA
China's official Global Times reacted strongly to a report entitled "China's Ideological Spectrum," authored by two students from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), using material from a survey covering 171,000 respondents in 29 provinces, cities and autonomous regions in China.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TIBET: WHITE PAPER
China State Council Information Office issued its thirteenth White Paper on Tibet on April 14, 2015, denouncing the "middle way" advocated by the 14th Dalai Lama as an attempt to achieve "Tibetan independence."
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TIBET: REINCARNATION
Ughyen Thinley Dorje, popularly regarded as the 17th Karmapa, told Radio Free Asia during an interview while travelling in USA on April 15, 2015, that he had "complete belief and trust in the future decision" on a successor that may be made by the 79-year-old Dalai Lama.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
Major General Dong Minxiang, formerly head of the Logistics Department in the Beijing Military Region and responsible for military related housing and construction projects, has been placed under investigation on charges of corruption.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-NORWAY: AIIB MEMBERSHIP
Norway was accepted as a founding member of the AIIB on April 14, 2015 along with Egypt and Russia.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's official 'Outlook' magazine in its issue of April 14, 2015, quoting sources in think-tanks revealed that Beijing will push for the yuan to be included in a basket of currencies used to denominate and settle loans from the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It said Beijing will also encourage the AIIB and the Silk Road Fund to set up special currency funds and issue yuan-denominated loans through both institutions.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: SALE OF S-400 ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS SYSTEM
Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet, on April 15, 2015, quoted Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaykin as telling the Russian media that China will become the first foreign purchaser of Russia's S-400 anti-aircraft weapon system. The deal was reportedly made last September, when China agreed to pay US$3 billion for delivery of at least six S-400 battalions.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-NEPAL: ACTIVITIES TARGETTING TIBETAN BUDDHISM
On April 9, 2015, the Chinese Temple of Nepal, which is the first temple that China built overseas, donated Yuan (RMB) 300 thousand to Boudhanath, a stupa in Kathmandu. The money is to be used to revamp a 600-meter-long prayer road in the 1600-year-old stupa. There are over 50 Tibetan Monasteries around the stupa and many people from Tibet live in the area.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Jiang Jiemin, who headed the China National Petroleum Corp., confessed to his crimes on April 14, 2015. His post on the microblog of the Hanjiang Intermediate People’s Court in Hubei said: “The crimes I committed are severe and my family assets are far more than my lawful earnings.” The verdict will be announced later.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN
Retired PLA Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang, who is a former Deputy Commander of the Nanjng Miliatary Region, wrote a strongly worded article in the official Global Times on April 10, 2015, in a vitriolic response to a Taiwan-based journalist's assessment of three ways Taiwan could stave off a potential Chinese invasion.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TIBET: SELF-IMMOLATION
A 47-year old nun, Yeshi Khando, of Ngangang Nunnery set herself on fire at around 9 am on April 8 at at Kubumshab, near the County police station in Kardze County, Sichuan Province.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: REPORT OF US OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE ON PLA NAVY
The US Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence released its first unclassified report on China’s maritime forces in six years entitled: “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” The report's focus is on the PLA Navy (PLAN) and the China Coast Guard.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY
Vasily Kashin, a Russian military expert was cited by the Moscow-based Sputnik News on April 12, 2015 as saying that China is likely to re-design its second fifth-generation stealth fighter, the J-31, with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER
The New York Times on April 10, 2015, quoted researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and University of Toronto as saying that China did not use the Great Firewall to insulate their internet but a powerful new weapon which they are calling the 'Great Cannon'.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TRANSPORT AND ECONOMY
On April 11, 2015, Xinhua quoted Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as saying at a work conference on regional railway development in Chongqing, that China aims to invest over 800 billion yuan (130.36 billion U.S. dollars) in railway construction to put more than 8000 kilometers additional railway lines into operation, almost equal to last year's target.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-US: COOPERATION IN ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's official Xinhua news agency reported on April 11, 2015 that after meetings between China's Politburo Member and Secretary Politics and Law Commission Meng Jianzhu, Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the US has promised support for China’s campaign to hunt corrupt officials fleeing abroad.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA'S ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The US-based website Boxun reported on April 11, 2015, that General Guo Boxiong, former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission was arrested on April 10th (Beijing local time).
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: AIIB
Kyodo said on April 10, 2015, that Japan's joining the AIIB will be on the agenda of the Japan-U.S. summit between President Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe scheduled for April 28, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-US: SOUTH CHINA SEA
The US and the Philippines have doubled the size of their annual 10-day exercises, called Balikatan, at locations that include a Philippines' naval station 220 kilometres from Scarborough Shoal, a hotly contested area that has been occupied by China since 2012.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-US: MILITARY
China's Global Times reported on April that the US military plans to deploy ASW Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessels (ACTUV) that can detect and track submarines in Autumn in response to potential threats from Russian and Chinese submarines.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: SALE OF SU-35 FIGHTER AIRCRAFT
Duowei News, a US-based news outlet operated by overseas Chinese, reported on April 9, 2015, that Russia's sale of 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters to China may be postponed because the PLA Air Force feels the price is too high.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINES
On April 3, 2015, China Central Television showed a satellite picture of three submarines anchored at an unidentified port, describing the vessels as China's most advanced Type-093G nuclear-powered attack submarines, just completed by a Chinese shipyard and a waiting delivery.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA
In an interview with Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on April 8, the 14th Dalai Lama said “Today’s China, compared with (that of) a few years ago, (has) changed much under the leadership of Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Chinese Communist Party on April 5, 2015, conveyed permission to the family of the late Premier Zhao Ziyang for the burial of his ashes a decade after his death. His ashes were kept at his former courtyard home in Beijing because there was previously no agreement with the government on a burial site. Zhao Ziyang's son-in-law, Wang Zhihua, said the authorities also agreed that Zhao Ziyang and his wife Liang Boqi, who died in late 2013, be buried together.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PENSIONS
The Chinese government plans to ease pressure on the strained pension system by gradually raising retirement ages for the nation's workers between 2017 and 2022.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The website of the Communist Party's official People's Daily Chinese authorities have detained and fined a person from southern Hunan Province, identified only by his family name 'Hong', for spreading rumours on the Internet that several high-ranking naval officers are being investigated for corruption.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-US: PRESIDENTIAL SUMMIT
Preparations have commenced in Beijing and Washington for President Xi Jinping's upcoming state visit to Washington DC in September prior to attending the 70thanniversary of the United Nations in New York in October 2015. The Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) is a high priority agenda item together with a range of security issues, including broadening bilateral military exchanges.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: MILITARY SALES/NEGOTIATIONS
The Canada-based Kanwa Defence Review reported in its April 2015 issue that Pakistan was the first country to start negotiations with China on the import of the HQ-9 medium to long-range active radar homing surface-to-air missile and the HQ-16 truck-based vertically launched surface-to-air missile.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: MILITARY
A Japanese defense expert,Mitsuharu Furuze, has been quoted by the Tokyo-based Livedoor News as saying that Japan needs about 800 US-made Tomahawk cruise missiles to defend itself against a potential attack by China's huge quantity of ballistic missiles.He said that with the Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMDSF) would be able to launch effective strikes against Chinese warships and crucial ground targets in the event of a regional conflict.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: SENIOR-LEVEL CONTACTS
Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun reported on April 4, 2015, that the Vice Chairman of China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Ji Bingxuan, will lead a group of parliamentarians to Japan.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET
Writing in the latest issue of the CCP CC theoretical magazine Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth), TAR Party Secretary Chen Quanguo said “Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet must become propaganda centers for the ruling Communist Party, where monks and nuns learn to "revere" science and appreciate the party's love".
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: CDIC
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on March 31, 2015, that China's anti-corruption and disciplinary watchdog body the 'Central Discipline Inspection Commission',has established resident offices in four CCP central organs for the first time.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: TAIWAN: AIIB
China's official news agency Xinhua said on April 2, 2015, that China welcomes Taiwan's decision to apply to join the Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as long as the self-ruled island uses an appropriate name.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY:AIIB
Israel has joined over 40 countries, including Australia, South Korea, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and applied for membership of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA AIR FORCE EXERCISES IN WESTERN PACIFIC
The state run China News Service disclosed on March 30, 2015, that the PLAAF had used its H-6 strategic bombers for the exercise in the airspace of the Western Pacific for the first time. Photos published by the PLA Air Force indicated the bombers taking part in the drill were the H-6K variant.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN: ZHOU YONGKANG
The CCP's official news paper People's Daily reported on April 3, 2015, that China’s former Security Chief and PBSC member Zhou Yongkang has been formally charged with corruption, abuse of power and intentionally leaking state secrets.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PROMOTION OF XI JINPING
The website of the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is offering a new free app publicising texts of Xi Jinping's speeches and books, news reports, analyses from experts and a map that traces his travels. Called 学习中国 (Xuexi Zhongguo), which translates directly as “Study China,” the name is also a play on Xi Jinping’s surname, and can mean “Study Xi’s China.” People are already calling it the 'little Red App"!
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR: MILITARY EXERCISES AND PLA NAVY
China's state broadcaster CCTV on March 31, 2015, reported that the PLA's 14th Army Corps recently began a large-scale military exercise in the western region of southwest China's Yunnan province, near the China-Myanmar border.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-AIIB: TAIWAN'S APPLICATION
On March 31, 2015, Taiwan formally applied to join the proposed China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
A new 'working report' published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states that the widening gap between China’s rich and poor makes it “one of the most unequal countries in the world.”
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA_PLA NAVY: MOOTW
The Chinese media reported that on March 29, 2015, China's PLA Navy deployed the warships 'Linyi' and 'Weifang', both operating in the waters off Somalia on anti-piracy patrols, for evacuating Chinese nationals in Aden and endangered by the advance of Houthi militiamen whose forces have been bombed for four days by a Saudi-led coalition.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN: MOSS VICE MINISTER MA JIAN
China's financial news outlets Tencent, Caixin and Caijing last week alleged that 48-year old Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, controlling shareholder of Beijing Zenith Holdings and Beijing Pangu Investment, conspired with government officials - including former deputy spy chief Ma Jian who came under investigation for corruption in January - in his rise to riches.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
China's official and quasi-official propaganda and media apparatus have since March 25, 2015, launched a smear campaign against 45-year old Major General Guo Zhenggang, the Deputy Political Commissar of the Zhejiang Military District and son of General Guo Boxiong, former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission who retired in 2012 and is presently under investigation on charges of corruption.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLAAF
PLA Air Force (PLAAF) spokesman Colonel Shen Jinke disclosed on March 31, 2015, that the PLA held its first drill in airspace above the western Pacific Ocean on Monday, as part of its plan to boost capacity in far-seas operations.
CCAS
Apr 2015

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: NEW ENVOY
Xinhua announced on March 17, 2015, that 59-year old Li Jinjun, who was Deputy Director of the CCP CC's International Department, has been appointed China's Ambassador to North Korea. Li Jinjun studied German at what later became the Shanghai International Studies University and went to Europe.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-NEPAL: ECONOMIC COOPERATION
On March 17, 2015, China enlarged its already significant economic assistance to Nepal five-fold and pledged US$ 130 million (RMB 800 million) for infrastructure projects. The Nepal Finance Ministry said the grant would help implement "mutually agreed development projects".
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-US: COOPERATION IN ANTI-CORRUPTION
Shilan Zhao, the 51-year old ex-wife of Jianjun Qiao, a former director of a grain store house in Zhoukou City, Henan Province from 1998-2011, was arrested on March 17, 2015, in Newcastle, Washington, on charges that she and her former husband laundered money to buy property in Washington State and lied to obtain U.S. visas through the immigrant investor program. The US Department of Justice said it had help from the Supreme People's Procuratorate and Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The office of China's Chief Procuratorate announced recently that Li Chuncheng, a former Deputy Party Secretary of Sichuan Province and Jiang Jiemin, a former Chairman of the China National Petroleum Corporation, will face trial in Hubei Province.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: STUDENT PROTEST
Hundreds of students in Henan Province demonstrated for several days, vandalised the school and the Headmaster's offce and took down the national flag after nursing school authorities in Zhoukou City, Henan Province unilaterally cancelled a specialty class track and refused to refund tuition fees of ¥6000.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Party Secretary of Yunnan Province, Li Jiheng recently disclosed that Gao Yan, former head of the State Grid, had fled to Australia after being to linked to corruption way back in 1995 and accused of pilfering millions of dollars earmarked for power projects.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
Yanhuang Chunqiu, a publication which is already under pressure and has been a voice for liberals in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), was directed by the Chinese National Academy of Arts, which is its supervisory body, to defer its annual dinner planned for March 18, 2015. Almost 240 supporters, many of them Party veterans, had been invited to the event.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIBET/OLYMPIC GAMES
A global coalition of more than 175 Tibet organisations was to submit a report to Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), on March 19, 2015, calling on the IOC to reject Beijing’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. IOC members are due to visit Beijing from 24 - 28 March. The only other candidate is Almaty in Kazakhstan.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA
A Global Times article of March 13, 20125, that is critical of the Dalai Lama and asserted that his "selfishness will be revealing", also quite interestingly said "The Chinese central government has been consistently paying respect to Tibetan Buddhism.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INDIA: INDIAN OCEAN
Writing in the official Global Times on March 19, 2015, Liu Zongyi, Assistant Research Fellow of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and Visiting Fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, while referring to Indian Prime Minister Modi's five-day visit to three Indian Ocean island nations of Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, said that "recent incidents are sufficient to merit Beijing's attention".
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ICBM: DF-31B
Wantchina Times stated on March 18, 2015, that China had successfully carried out a launch test for the DF-31B from a mobile launcher.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Quoting the Moscow-based Sputnik News, the Wantchina Times reported on March 19, 2015, that Russia is very likely to start construction on the world's third nuclear-powered destroyer with China's assistance.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-CYBER WARFARE
Joe McReynolds of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis told the US newspaper Daily Beast, that 'The Science of Military Strategy', an authoritative analysis of China’s military thinking which was updated in December 2013 but only recently became available to foreign analysts , includes references to China’s cyber-warfare units.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC-NEW SILK ROAD
In his report on March 17, 2015, at the recently concluded NPC session, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang linked the New Silk Road with China’s domestic economic development strategy and said, “We will integrate the development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road with the development and opening up of related regions.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-SPACE
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation announced that it will launch 40 spacecraft into orbit through 20 launches in 2015. Zhao Xiaojun, Director of the Space Department of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, said that most of them will be communications or geosynchronous satellites operating at the height of 36,000 miles and some will be remote sensing satellites. There will also be some navigation satellites for the Beidou system. He added that many cutting-edge technologies will be tested for the first time.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Wang Qishan, Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) member and Chairman of China's watchdog anti-corruption body the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), is scheduled to visit the USA in September 2015. People familiar with the planned trip have been quoted as saying it is connected with the anti-corruption campaign and particularly Operation Foxhunt, which is aimed at recovering illegal wealth stashed abroad by Chinese. This is Wang Qishan's first overseas trip since the 18th Party Congress in November 2012.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Global Times published a report on March 18, 2015, disclosing that Liao Yongyuan, Vice Chairman of PetroChina, a subsidiary of Chinese oil giant China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), had resigned on March 17, due to disciplinary investigations.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-US: NAVY
In response to a New York Times pieces by Gregg Easterbrook on March 9, 2015, China's official Global Times published a commentary asserting that China is capable of defeating the US Navy in the Western Pacific with anti-ship missiles built at low prices.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR
China's authoritative official news agency 'Xinhua' on March 14, 2015, reported the General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), as warning General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of the Myanmar Defense Services, over the telephone, that 'no further deadly stray fire incidents should happen or the Chinese military will take "firm and decisive action" to protect the safety of its people'.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: WOMEN'S RIGHTS
On March 6 and 7, 2015, public security officials in various cities across China apprehended at least 10 women who sought to mark International Women’s Day with a nation-wide campaign highlighting the increase in sexual harassment on public transportation.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-RELIGION: FOURTH WORLD BUDDHIST FORUM
The State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) announced on March 15, 2015, that the Fourth World Buddhist Forum is scheduled to open in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi in October 2015.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
After Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, at a news conference in Beijing on March 15, 2015, assured that policymakers would prop up the economy if growth was at risk of breaching a "lower limit", or hurt employment and income gains, China's shares closed at their highest in five and a half years on March 16, 2015.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC
The President of the Supreme People's Court of China Zhou Qiang presented his work report to the NPC on March 12, 2015. He said court reforms are in a "deep water area". President Zhou Qiang also, surprisingly, apologized for previous miscarriages of justice and highlighted efforts to prevent future ones.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL:LEADERSHIP
71-year old General Xu Caihou, the highest ranking PLA officer to be accused and tried for corruption, died in Beijing on March 15, 2015, due to end-stage bladder cancer, systemic multiple metastases and multiple organ failure. At the time of his expulsion from the CCP, Xinhua said “His case is serious and leaves a vile impact. The party will not harbor corrupt members nor will the armed forces.”
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin summoned Myanmar Ambassador, Thit Linn Ohn, on March 14, 2015, after a bomb from a Burmese aircraft fell in Chinese territory and urged him to investigate the bombing and take steps to ensure the safety of the border area.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-MEDICAL: TECHNOLOGY
Ningbo Cloud Hospital, the first virtual hospital based on Cloud technology in China, officially started operations on March 11. Ningbo Municipal Health Bureau Director Wang Renyuan told China Business News: "Ultimately, we hope that the hospital will be without walls and borders, that it will not only deal with Ningbo but also the entire country and even the whole world."
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
According to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimate, based on preliminary energy demand data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics, China's total carbon emissions dropped 2 percent in 2014 compared with the previous year.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ENVIRONMENT
The new Deputy Director of China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Zhang Yong, will succeed retired top negotiator Xie Zhenhua to lead China to reach an international climate change deal in Paris in December 2015.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Recent China-based economic estimates assess that China has derived windfall benefits from lower prices for oil and other commodities.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Chinese official media reported on March 15, 2015, that Ji Youhe, Deputy Secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee, is currently under "organisational investigations" on charges of alleged serious violation of discipline.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
On March 14, 2015, China's official English-language Global Times as also some senior PLA officers criticised the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)'s report on corruption in the PLA published on March 11, 2015.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-US: EDUCATION/STUDENTS
The Shanghai Daily reported on March 14, 2015, that the Institute of International Education says the number of US students studying in China fell 3.2 percent in 2012-13 to 14,413, even as overall study abroad numbers rose modestly. For US students, job opportunity is a concern. As multinationals in China hire mostly local Chinese, a growing percentage of whom have studied abroad, they have less need for foreigners. The apparent loss of interest contrasts with Chinese students' clamor for a US education. The number of Chinese studying in the United States jumped 16.5 percent in 2013-14 to more than 274,000.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ASEAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Reacting to ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh's remark on March 4, 2015, that the four ASEAN claimants – Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam – could not possibly accept China’s nine-dotted line because it was not in accordance with international law, specifically the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei accused him of making a series of allegedly biased and false remarks on South China Sea disputes. As quoted by Xinhua, she said: “Mr. Le Luong Minh has repeatedly made biased comments on the issue of the South China Sea, which were untrue and incompatible with his capacity as ASEAN secretary-general. We advise Mr. Le Luong Minh do his part as ASEAN secretary-general, stick to ASEAN’s neutrality on the South China Sea issue, and do more to promote the healthy development of China-ASEAN relations.”.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-NPC: INDIA
Replying to a question by a PTI correspondent at the press conference on March 8, 2015, on the occasion of the 3rd session of the 12th NPC, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said: "Last September, President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to India. The picture of the two leaders working the spinning wheel in Gujarat, the home state of the Prime Minister, has spread far and wide in China. The Chinese people believe in reciprocating the courtesy of others. So I'm sure when Prime Minister Modi visits China later this year, he will be warmly welcomed by the Chinese government and people. Mr. Deng Xiaoping once said that unless China and India are developed, there will be no Asian century. China is prepared to work with India to implement the important agreement reached by our leaders. The Chinese "dragon" and the Indian "elephant" should join each other in a duet to work for the early revitalization of two oriental civilizations, the common prosperity of two emerging markets and the amicable coexistence of two large neighbors. As for the China-India boundary question, it is a legacy of history. We have worked on it for many years and made some progress in the boundary negotiation. The dispute has been contained. At the moment, the boundary negotiation is in the process of building up small positive developments. It is like climbing a mountain. The going is tough and that is only because we are on the way up. This is all the more reason that we should do more to strengthen China-India cooperation, so that we can enable and facilitate the settlement of the boundary question."
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PLA: RADAR STATIONS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who is a member of the National Committee of the CPPCC, told China News Service on March 9, 2015, that Radar stations and lisening posts should be built on the islands China controls in the disputed South China Sea. He said radar stations and listening posts would assist future search and rescue operations and that such facilities could be used to monitor the communication between pilots and the control tower for aircraft flying over the South China Sea. Stating that China's presence in the South China Sea will be crucial for neighboring countries facing non-traditional security issues as well, Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo said the PLA Navy and other maritime security agencies of China and Hong Kong can be very useful to maintain peace and prosperity. Yin Zhuo's remarks are an attempt to put a positive spin on China's attempts to assert its dominance in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-COMMENTS ON DEFENCE ISSUES AT NPC/CPPCC SESSIONS
Maj. Gen. Chen Zhou, a delegate to the National People’s Congress and researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences, commented on China's defence budget in an interview to Xinhua on March 4, 2015. He said: “How much are the needs for national security and how much will, our defence spending be? Wherever our national interests extend, that is where our defence spending will follow. This is the principle that investment in national defence spending must follow. Strong material support is indispensable in achieving the Communist Party’s goal of having a strong army in the new situation.” Separately Rear Admiral Yin Zhou, a member of the CPPCC’s National Committee, observed (March 02) that China must continue to develop aircraft carriers to maintain the security of its Indian Ocean routes. Pointing out that Japan had two carriers and India will soon have three or four, he argued that in his view China required at least six aircraft carriers to meet its strategic needs. China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, responding to reports about China reclaiming and buildng reefs and islands, he said on March 8, 2015, that “We are merely building facilities in our own yard” which are “lawful” and “justified” and poses no threat to other nations.
CCAS
Mar 2015


Addressing the closing session of the 12th CPPCC in Beijing on March 13, 2015, CPPCC Chairman and PBSC Member Yu Zhengsheng urged political advisors to pool "positive energy" to contribute to the country's development. He said the Chinese people are en route towards the realization of the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation under the leadership of the CCP. Specifically addressing CPPCC members he said 'Political advisors must unwaveringly uphold the Party's leadership, strengthen confidence in socialism with Chinese characteristics, and build consensus among the public in order to bring together "positive energy" for the implementation of the strategic layout of "Four Comprehensives." He warned against bureaucracy and extravagance and asked "fellow political advisors" to forge closer ties with the people, maintain a clean work style and self-discipline, and abide by laws and regulations of the CPPCC, in order to contribute to the country and the people. The political resolution adopted at the meeting made extensive references to the "Four Comprehensives". CPPCC Deputies examined over 5800 proposals submitted by National Committee members. Many of them focussed on deepening reforms, advancing the rule of law, and safeguarding and improving the people's well-being. Almost 2,100 proposals related to China's economic development and formulation of the 13th Five Year Plan in the face of the "new normal" of slower economic growth. Another 600 proposals recommended intensification of the anti-corruption campaign, improving legislations including the criminal law, and building a law-based government. About 1,500 proposals focused on social governance, and over 400 on environmental protection and ecological progress.

Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: WEALTHY NPC/CPPCC DELEGATES
The latest Hurun Report, released early in March 2015, reported that among the 1,271 richest Chinese people tracked by the Hurun Report, a record 203 -- or more than one in seven -- are delegates to the NPC or CPPCC. It disclosed too that the combined net worth of Chinese delegates to the NPC/CPPCC totalled US$ 436.8 billion and that 18 of the Delegates have a net wealth greater than all 535 members of Congress, President Obama's cabinet and nine Supreme Court judges combined. Of them, 106 are National People's Congress (NPC) Deputies and 97 are Delegates to the CPPCC, together accounting for 4% of the 5,200 delegates in the two highest bodies of the People's Republic of China (PRC).,
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-NPC: ECONOMY
China's effort to improve efficiency at the 155,000 State-owned Enterprises (SOEs), which dominate crucial sectors of China's economy, found mention in the Premier Li Keqiang's Work Report to the NPC. It also reflected China's desire to strengthen control of lifeline industries, including energy, transportation and national security enterprises, while relaxing grips on non-essential sectors through stake sales and stock market listings. In his Work Report, Premier Li Keqiang outlined the "China-2025" strategy, which includes promoting machinery and communications equipment, automobiles, aircraft and electronics. The plan is part of a broader push by President Xi Jinping to raise the performance of China's state sector.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Observers have noted that in his Work Report presented to the ongoing NPC session, Premier Li Keqiang incorporated a lot of praise for Chinese President Xi Jinping. He began his speech by giving credit to “the firm leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China headed by General Secretary Xi Jinping”. Discussing foreign relations, he attributed the success of Chinese diplomacy to the personal intervention of President Xi, who, along with other leaders, “had visited many countries”. Li Keqiang also credited the government’s achievements to “the overall planning and sound policymaking of the party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as General Secretary”. Most unusual though was the exhortation to the Chinese people to “put into practice the guiding principles from General Secretary Xi Jinping’s major speeches” and Li Keqiang concluding his address with a call urging everyone to “rally closely around the party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as General Secretary” so as to realize this year’s objectives and achieve “the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INDIA
The Global Times on March 10, 2015, published an article by Liu Siwei, Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, commenting on Indian Prime Minister Modi's tour of three countries in the Indian Ocean. Liu Siwei recommended that "if possible, China and India should conduct more strategic dialogues concerning regional security and economic development and ensure mutual trust". He also advised" Modi should be prudent to avoid raising issues which could result in an "India or China" dilemma. Similarly, China should address doubts about the motivations of China's foreign policy in the region, and particularly India's worries about the "China threat."
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-MILITARY IMPORTS
According to a report by the global consultancy IHS, the People's Republic of China was the world's third-largest defense importer in 2014. It surpassed Taiwan and United Arab Emirates last year, moving from fifth place, ranking only behind Saudi Arabia and India. Russia is currently the largest defense exporter to the Chinese mainland.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ESPIONAGE
The state-controlled Dalian Daily said on March 7, 2015, that two young 23-year old "ordinary workers", identified only by their surnames Han and Zhang, had been sentenced to 8 and 6 years respectively on charges of using their access to military bases in Dalian and taking photographs of the aircraft carrier Liaoning at the behest of a foreign intelligence operative.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL-XINJIANG UYGHUR AR: IS & ISLAMIST EXTREMISM
Zhang Chunxian, Party Secretary of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region acknowledged on the sidelines of the annual National People's Congress (NPC) session that "Some Xinjiang residents have crossed the border illegally to join IS. The group currently has a growing international influence, and Xinjiang is affected by it, too." He added that "We recently broke up a terrorist cell run by those who returned from fighting with the group."
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-NPC: TIBET
Zhu Weiqun, head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and former Executive Vice Minister of the CCP CC's United Front Work Department (UFWD), on March 11, 2015, urged the Dalai Lama to "forsake his evil ways and return to the good." Stressing that Tibet will not descend into chaos, he said "We hope the Dalai Lama can abandon his separatist stance and his deceptive 'middle way' approach," he also called on the Dalai Lama and his followers to stop inciting self-immolation among the Tibetan people and sincerely discuss with the central government about his own future.Reiterating that 'the door for dialogue with the Dalai Lama is always open but when the dialogue will be held depends on the attitude of the Dalai Lama', he added the central government will not talk about Tibet's "high-level autonomy" or the "Greater Tibet". Commenting on the Dalai Lama's visits abroad, he said "We hope that the Daila Lama's visits will not affect the development of the good relationship between China and relevant countries."
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PETITIONERS IN CHINA
China Reform Forum quoted Radio Free Asia as reporting on February 20, 2015, that petitioners had said that hundreds, maybe thousands, of petitioners from across China, many with longstanding grievances, were detained after they tried “to wish our leaders a Happy New Year, and tell them about our complaints.”
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION ARREST OF MAJOR GENERAL HUANG XING
Writing in the Diplomat on March 7, 2015, Shannon Tiezzi reported that the South China Morning Post has suggested that Major General Huang Xing, one of the 14 officers listed as being investigated for corruption, stands accused not only of fraud, but of leaking state secrets and assisting Kokang rebels in Myanmar back in 2009.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet, quoted Rear Admiral Ding Haichun, a Deputy Political Commissar of the PLA Navy, as confirming for the first time that China is building its second aircraft carrier.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN: GIFT OF Z-10 'ATTACK' HELICOPTERS
Citing unconfirmed Russian sources the US-based Chinese language Duowei News reported that China had decided to 'gift' Pakistan three Z-10 attack helicopters,designed by Russia's Kamov Design Bureau, this year. The Z-10s are designed primarily for anti-tank missions with secondary air-to-air capabilities. The helicopter is said to be capable of targeting the enemy in the air or on the ground with a range of 3-4 kilometers without appearing on radar.
CCAS
Mar 2015

TAR:PROTESTS
Norchuk, a woman in her early forties, died in Tibet on March 6, 2015, after setting herself alight in eastern Tibet. This is the first self-immolation since December 2014 and took place four days before March 10, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule and the most significant day in the Tibetan political calendar.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: S&T
Duowei News, a US-based Chinese-language news outlet reported that China's 801st Research Institute of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)'s Sixth Academy (the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology) has announced that it has produced a thruster which may last for 18,000 hours and a lamp which can last 75,000 hours. A thruster's life is said to be determined by how long it is used though there is no internationally recognized measurement for a lamp's life.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-PLA's ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Communist history writer Cai Xiaoxin, son of revolutionary Communist major-general Cai Zhangyuan and a 'princeling', said in an exclusive interview with Sichuan-based Honesty Outlook magazine, that some performers in PLA Dance troupes have taken advantage of their status as PLA "celebrities" for personal gains.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
Major General Xing Yunming, former Head of the People's Liberation Army's General Political Department, was taken away by the PLA's anti-corruption watchdog body on February 17, 2015.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY
On March 2, 2-015, 69-year-old PLA Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who is also a member of the CPPCC, said China needs to continue to build aircraft carriers to secure its routes in the Indian Ocean. made the comments Monday, a day before the commencement of the annial "two sessions" of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing. He said the PLA Navy requires at least six aircraft carriers to meet strategic needs.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA BUDGET
The Beijing-based Sina Military Network estimates that a large portion of China's defense budget -- officially raised by 10% this year to 889 billion yuan (US$142 billion) -- will be applied to the salaries and living expenses of the 23 million soldiers and officers in the People's Liberation Army, especially as pay levels have been bumped up this year.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-HONGKONG: CPPCC
Delegates from Hongkong to the ongoing CPPCC session in Beijing suggested resolutions at a meeting with NPC Chairman and PBSC member Zhang Dejiang on March 4, 2015, that the Chinese government should build teams of teachers to promote patriotic education in Hong Kong.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-NPC: FOREIGN POLICY
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing NPC session in Beijing on March 8, 2015, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi defended his government’s efforts to reclaim and develop land around disputed reefs and islands in the South China Sea and said “This construction does not target or affect anyone. We are not like some countries who engage in illegal construction in another person’s house, and we do not accept criticism from others when we are merely building facilities in our own yard. We have every right to do things that are lawful and justified.”
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
Major General Xing Yunming, former Head of the People's Liberation Army's General Political Department, was taken away by the PLA's anti-corruption watchdog body on February 17, 2015.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-NPC: FOREIGN POLICY
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing NPC session in Beijing on China’s foreign minister defended his government’s efforts to reclaim and develop land around disputed reefs and islands in the South China Sea, saying the work was “necessary” and posed no threat to other nations.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's State Council on February 26, 2015, announced a new tax policy for small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the new policy, firms that pay 200,000 yuan (HK$250,000) or less in profits tax will have their bill cut in half. The policy comes into effect this year and will continue until 2017.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
HongKong's South China Morning Post, quoting a retired PLA Senior Colonel, reported on March 2, 2015, that at least 16 PLA Major Generals are under investigation. China's Mlitary Procuratorate also released a list on March 2, 2015, of 14 Generals charged with graft. Among those placed under investigation in January 2015, it mentioned Major General Guo Zhenggang, son of Guo Boxiong, a former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (45-year old Guo Zhenggang was promoted to Deputy Political Commissar of the Zhejiang Military District with the rank of Major General in January 2015); Major General Zhu Heping, a former secretary to the late General Zhang Wannian, another former CMC Vice Chairman who died in Beijing on January 15, 2015; Major General Wang Aiguo, a former head of the Joint Logistics Department at the Shenyang Military Command,; and Major General Zhan Guoqiao, who was head of the Joint Logistics Department at the Lanzhou Military Command. Also mentioned in this connection were Major General Chen Jianfeng, deputy head of the Joint Logistics Department of the Guangzhou Military Command; Major General Wang Sheng, PLA Air Force Chief of Logistics; and Major General Zhang Dongshui who was taken away on January 7, 2015, just 13 days after he was promoted as Deputy Political Commissar of the Second Artillery Corps; and Major General Lan Weijie, a former Deputy Commander in Hubei
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Xinhua announced that the CPPCC had revoked the membership of Ma Jian, former Vice Minister at the Ministry of State Security (MoSS), who is presently the most senior security official facing investigation. (Comment: It is likely that the investigation into Ma Jian could lead to a shake-up in the MoSS.)
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
China's official news agency reported the release on March 1, 2015, of a book featuring President Xi Jinping's quotations from ancient stories and classics in his speeches and articles. It has been compiled by Yang Zhenwu , head of the CCP's official newspaper 'People's Daily'. Xinhua describes the book as suitable for Party and government officials, staff of government-affiliated agencies, teachers and people interested in Chinese classic culture.
CCAS
Mar 2015

CHINA-INDIA: PLA DELEGATION'S VISIT FOR CBMs
A high-level 12-member PLA delegation led by General Zhang Youxia, Director of the PLA's General Armaments Department (GAD) arrived in Mumbai on February 27 and will reach Delhi for discussions on February 28, 2015 to discuss CBMs. The delegation, which includes at least four Lt Generals and one Major General, will also call on the Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh and Union Defence Minister Parikkar.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: ENERGY
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Russia may consider allowing Chinese investors more than 50 percent stakes in its strategic oil and gas fields.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC/CPPCC
Results of two online surveys by state-run media were released just a week before Delegates to China's National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) assemble in Beijing for their annual meetings.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PLAAF
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a PLA Air Force (PLAAF) bomber unit which operates three variants of the H-6 bomber on February 17, 2015, which attracted the attention of Western experts. The H-6K bombers, which use a "glass" cockpit with five or more multi-function displays and use ejection seats for all three to four crew members, are currently in service with at least two PLAAF bomber regiments. The H-6K strategic bomber of the PLAAF equipped with KD-20 cruise missiles is capable of attacking all US military facilities from Northeast Asia to Guam, according to an expert in Chinese military development cited in the state-run Global Times on February 17, 2015.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEGAL REFORM
On February 25, 2015, the official website of China's Supreme People's Court's posted the 4th Five Year Reform Plan. In addition to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s leadership, the other basic principles it cites are: independence of judicial power; neutrality; procedurality; and finality (all distinguished from "Western style" judicial independence).
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC
In the 106-article draft of the Counter-terrorism Law submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), which opened in Beijing on February 26, 2015, the controversial definition of "terrorism" in the revised draft has been narrowed by removing a reference to "thought" as a crime.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NPC & CPPCC MEETINGS
The third session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) will open in Beijing on March 3 and 5, 2015, respectively.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s official newspaper 'People’s Daily' and other Chinese media on February 25, 2015, gave prominent front-page coverage to what Xi Jinping has been calling the “Four Comprehensives.”
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-US: TIBET
The US State Department hosted a reception on February 23, 2015 to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year. The invited gathering included Tibetan Americans, diplomats, State Department officials and other dignitaries. This is the first time that such an event has been organized by the US State Department.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-CCP: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Global Times, the state-run affiliate of the Party paper People's Daily, published an interesting and revealing commentary on February 24, 2015, where it said that corrupt high-ranking officials in the CCP seek "not only money, but also political conspiracy, gravely threatening Party leadership and solidarity". The commentary was reproduced on the website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC).
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN: UYGHURS
Reuters on February 20, 2015, quoted Afghan security officials as saying the same day that Afghanistan had arrested and handed over at least 15 Muslim Uighur militants -- three in the capital, Kabul, and 12 later in the eastern province of Kunar bordering Pakistan -- to China in a bid to persuade China to use its influence with Pakistan to help start negotiations with the Taliban.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INDIA: PM's VISIT TO ARUNACHAL PRADESH
China upgraded its reaction to Indian Prime Minister Modi's visit to Arunachal Pradesh to inaugurate a newly laid railway line by summoning the Indian Ambassador in Beijing on February 21, 2015.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: TRANS-EUROPE RAIL TRANSPORT
A cargo train with 64 containers completed its maiden 13,000-km journey from Madrid, Spain, to China's eastern city of Yiwu on Sunday after a 24-day journey. The train traveled along the Yixin'ou cargo line, the longest of all the China-European cargo railways, and its freight included wine and olive oil. The 13,000-km line, which passes through China, Spain, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France, opened late last year. The first train from China to Spain left Yiwu on November 18, and arrived in Madrid after 21 days.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PLA
1961-born Major General Shen Longzhu has been promoted as the Deputy Commander of the Chengdu MR Air Force. He is an ethnic Korean.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: MILITARY SALES
The Moscow-based Russian Business Network reported on February 16, 2015, that China remains a huge market for Russian weapons systems since 76% of the People's Liberation Army's imported weapon systems are sourced from the country.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-MYANMAR: KOKONGS
The Myanmar Army launched an offensive with 1000 troops against rebel allied groups on February 9, 2015. According to Xinhua News Agency over 30,000 Kokongs, who are ethnic Chinese, have crossed the border into China since the fighting began on February 09 2015. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing that more fighting “will have an impact on the stability of the China-Myanmar border areas and the security on the Chinese side of the border”
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Official Chinese media reports stated on February 15, 2015, that in addition to Major General Liu Hongjie, who was very recently placed under "coercive measures" on charges of corruption and "abuse of power", Major General Gai Xiaoyan, Deputy Political Commissar and Chief of Discipline Inspection at the PLA Information Engineering University, was placed under internal investigation for alleged corruption in late 2014. Gao Xiaoyan is believed to be the first female general to be investigated since the new leadership took office.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Three online animations themed around China's anti-corruption campaign and featuring President Xi Jinping have been a hit over the Spring Festival, with netizens enjoying what appears to be a more a relaxed attitude to depicting Chinese leaders by cartoon. The animations, each about two minutes long, compare the situation before and after the 'Mass Line' campaign, the 2013-2014 initiative aimed at strengthening ties between the CCP officials and the public. They are entitled "Is the 'Mass Line' Campaign for Real?", "Is It Easier for the Public to Get Stuff Done with the Government?" and "Are Officials Really Scared?" The clips are credited to the unknown producer "Chaoyang Studio".
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The CCP mouthpiece People's Daily on February 17, 2015, publicised that on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping and his colleagues in the Party, State Council and Central Military Commission had called on veteran leaders to wish them a happy New Year, good health and longevity. The leaders they called on included: Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, Li Peng, Wan Li, Qiao Shi, Zhu Rongji, Li, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Song Ping, Wei, Li, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun, Luo Gan, He Guoqiang and Zhang Jinfu, Tian, Chi, Jiang Chunyun, Qian, Wang Lequan, Wang, Hui Liangyu, Liu Qi, Wu Yi, Guo, Cao, Zeng Peiyan, Wang Gang, Wang Hanbin, Zhang Zhen, He Yong, Wang Bingqian, Zou Jiahua, Wang Guangying, Buhe Dawamat, Peiyun, Zhou Guangzhou, Cao Zhi, Li Tieying, Ismail Amat, He Luli, Ding Sun, into Siwei, Xu Jialu, Jiang Zhenghua, Gu, hot places, Sheng Huaren, Lu Yongxiang, Uyunqimg, Hua Jianmin Chen Zhili, Tienong, Ismail Tiliwaldi, Jiang Shusheng, Sang Guowei, Tang Liang Guanglie, Dai Bingguo , Xiao Yang, Han Shubin, Jia Chunwang, Ye Xuanping, Rudai, Ren Jianxin, Song Jian, Qian Britain, Sun Fuling, IWC rights, Hu Qili, Chen Jinhua, Cho Nam Qi, Mao Zhiyong, Wang Zhongyu, Gui fresh, Zhang Siqing, Haocai, Kehui, Hao Jianxiu, Xu, Zhang Huaixi Li Meng, Liao Hui, Bai Lichen, Chen Kuiyuan, Abulahat Amudurexiti, Andy Lee Cheuk, Huang Meng Fu, Zhang Meiying, Zhang Rong Ming Qian Yunlu, Sun Jiazheng, Li Jinhua, Zheng Wantong, Deng, Li Wuwei, Chen Zongxing, Wang Zhizhen.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN
Reporting from Islamabad, Xinhua on February 13, 2015, said that Pakistan and China had vowed to expedite work on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor during a meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Islamabad on February 13, 2015.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
IHS Jane's has issued a report based on Imagery of the area showing that China has commenced land reclamation/construction activity on at least four reefs in the disputed South China Sea. The four reefs are: Hughes Reef, Johnson South Reef, Gaven Reefs (in the Tizard Banks), and Fiery Cross Reef.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLICE REFORM
On January 15, 2015, the CCP released 100-point plan for police reforms. The plans propose that China’s police will record every interrogation; face life-time liability for mishandled criminal cases; have less power to deny urban migrants access to public services; simplify driver’s license testing; punish physical abuse of criminal suspects; raise pay and benefits for police; and scrap China’s controversial temporary urban residence permits and replace it with a permanent residency program.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Shanghai has set a policy precedent for China by deciding not to issue an economic growth target this year.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PROPAGANDA
China plans to spend 360 million yuan (HK$454 million) on expanding its overseas cultural centres this year, nearly double last year's amount.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PROPAGANDA: CONTROLS
On January 31, 2015, China's propaganda authorities were noticed to have shut down the leftist website Haijiang Online.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
On the eve of Chinese New Year --the Year of the Goat-- Chinese President Xi Jinping accompanied by his wife visited Yan’an (Shaanxi province), the rural stronghold from where Mao Zedong pushed the Communist revolution to victory.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY
Speaking at a high-level Finance Forum in Beijing on February 16, 2015, Xu Lin, the Director General of the Planning Department at the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said growth of 6.5 per cent is the 'bottom line' for the next five-year plan period which starts in 2016. Yi Gang, Deputy Governor of the People's Bank of China (PBoC) which controls China's US$ 4 trillion foreign exchange reserves, says the potential growth rate for China’s economy could be as high as 7 per cent. He, however,advocated allowing the market to play a greater role in allocating resources.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: MILITARY SCENARIO
Wu Shang-su, a research fellow from the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, writing in Defense News on February 9, 2015, said that tourists from mainland China can be used as "fifth column" to support military operations launched against Taiwan by the People's Liberation Army. He said Taiwan's increasingly open policies have opened more channels for mainland Chinese tourists to visit the island for tourism, education, employment and commerce and that more than 3 million tourists from mainland China had visited Taiwan last year. Mentioning that just 1% of this number is equivalent to two divisions of PLA ground forces, he said the tourists provide the PLA a great opportunity to deploy "undercover" troops to the island prior to an invasion and will create strategic and tactical surprises since those "forward deployed" units would attack in the guise of non-combatants.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-EDUCATION
Peking University's contentious President Wang Enge is leaving the prestigious institution after less than two years in the job, and will be succeeded by someone described by local media as an even more controversial choice. The CCP Central Committee's Organisation Department announced on February 15, 2015, that Lin Jianhua, a chemist who stirred controversy as president of two other universities, has been appointed to take Wang Enge's place. Lin Jianhua is currently President of Zhejiang University. 58-year old Wang Enge, a physicist and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will take another appointment.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: AGRICULTURE
China's first Red Letter Document No:1 of this year issued on February 11, 2015, as per past practice, was on Agriculture. The 32-point document asserted that 'China would not become rich unless farmers became rich' and listed various measures to boost agriculture production. Noting that grain production had increased in 2014 for 11 consecutive years, it promised to 'speed up the construction of new storage facilities to meet the demand in 'The Plan for increasing the National Grain Production Capacity' by 50 billion Kilograms between 2009-2020'.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY
The Beijing-based Sina Military recently described China's new Type 093G nuclear submarine as providing the PLA with a potential "aircraft carrier killer." Citing Taiwan's Defence Interntional magazine, it said the manufacturing of two Type 093G nuclear subs — upgraded versions of the Type 093 — were completed by the Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industry Co in December. Another is resting in a dry dock. The report said that the primary difference between Type 093G subs and Type 093 subs is that the former added a vertical launcher capable of firing cruise missiles and the YJ-18 anti-ship missile. The addition of the Type 093G sub, which has a missile attack range of 300km, means it can provide strong support in taking on enemy aircraft carriers along with long-range bombers and surface warships. The Type 093 sub can also use long-range missiles to attack targets on foreign soil, laying a solid foundation for the development of the next-gen Type 096 sub. According to the report, the YJ-18 serializes and universalizes the PLA Navy's missile systems through its compatibility with vertical launchers, laying a solid foundation for building surface warships with greater stealth capabilities.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The official Xinhua news agency and the ruling Communist Party's People's Daily on February 14, 2015, reported that Major General Liu Hongjie, who held a top logistical support position in the General Staff Department and had earlier worked under Central Military Commission Vice Chairmen Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou, had been placed under "coercive measures". The People's Daily said on its website that he is suspected of abusing his position in 2013 and taking bribes.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China Daily reported that on February 9, 2015, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang instructed officials to sign a written pledge to carry out major economic and social policies faithfully, saying that their dereliction of duty had slowed the economy. (Comment: Over 100,000 Chinese Party and government officials have been disciplined in the three years since launch of the campaign against corruption in 2013.)
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-US: USCC REPORT ON PLA
A report assessing the PLA's capabilities and entitled "China's Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the People's Liberation Army "commissioned by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) was released on February 11, 2015.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
The PLA Daily front-paged a report on February 11, 2015, announcing that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is launching a year-long retrospective audit to review military spending over the past two years to crack down on excessive behaviour in the world's largest army.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Wang Qishan, Chairman of the Party's anti-corruption watchdog body the 'Central Discipline Inspection Commission' (CDIC) announced that the Party was expanding its anti-corruption drive and commencing inspections into 26 state-owned enterprises (SoEs).
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
More than 12,000 undergraduate candidates applying to the art school of Beijing University of Technology were asked to sketch a portrait of President Xi Jinping.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Veteran Chinese 'revolutionary' leader Deng Liqun (1915-2015) died at 4.56 pm on February 10, 2015, at the age of 100, in Beijing.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITIES
China Human Rights reported (February 6-12, 2015) that a Hunan court had on February 9, 2015, sentenced relatives and supporters of Long Baorong (a popular ethnic Miao leader and former party official imprisoned for exposing government corruption, who died right after his medical release in 2012), his son-in-law, Long Xianyuan and the latter's brother Long Xianjiang to prison terms of 15 and 25 years respectively . They were convicted of “triad-related” crimes in Jishou City, Hunan Province.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-DENMARK: DALAI LAMA/TIBET
Confirming that Denmark’s government will not be meeting the Dalai Lama in Copenhagen this week, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Martin Lidegaard told reporters in e-mailed comments that “The Dalai Lama has not requested a meeting with the government.”
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-ARGENTINA: SPACE COOPERATION
Of strategic is a communique signed on February 5, 2015, between China and Argentina outlining co-operation in space. According to this, China will build and man a new space tracking and control station on a 200 hectare facility in the southern Argentine province of Neuquen. For China this facility provides a vital deep southern hemisphere node for global ground-based tracking and control, which is needed to manage its growing satellite networks, manned space stations, and lunar programme. Argentine sources note that a crucial quid-pro-quo is that Buenos Aires will gain access to strategic information from China's formidable surveillance satellite constellation.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA-INDIA: MILITARY SALES
China's official Global Times on February 8, 2015, said that the technology to be provided by the United States to India 'does not only help to prevent the People's Liberation Army from entering Indian Ocean, but also to reduce Russian influence in the region'.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGY AND PROPAGANDA
On January 19, 2015, the CCP CC issued an official decree -- also called a “red letterhead document” -- entitled “Suggestions on further strengthening and improving ideological propaganda among tertiary institutions under new circumstances”.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-MARITIME SILK ROUTE
A Chinese cruise liner to ply the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road started its maiden voyage from the Beihai port in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Monday morning.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: BILATERAL TIES
The Hong Kong-based Ta Kung Pao reported on February 9, 2015, that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been invited to participate in the Victory Day Parade held in Russia's Red Square on May 9 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Andrei Denisov, the Russian Ambassador to China, said President Xi Jinping has agreed to take part in the VE Day parade with a PLA delegation consisting of 60 military officers.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PAKISTAN
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying announced at the weekly press conference on February 10, 2015, that Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Pakistan to attend the 23rd March Military Parade. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Islamabad on February 23 to prepare for the visit.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: 'PRINCELINGS' IN HSBC SCANDAL
Thirteen high-ranking 'princelings' are mentioned in the recently released ICIJ article listing individuals in connection with the HSBC scandal. These are: Deng Jiagui, Wen Yusong, Liu Chuahang, Hu Yishi, Li Xiaolin, Wu Jianchang, Che Feng, Wang Zhi, Wang Jun, Fu Liang, Yeh Shuen-Ji, Wang Jingjing and Su Zhijun. Joseph Fok, a judge on Hong Kong’s highest court, also figures in the list.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Xinhua reported that Liu Han, former chairman of the Hanlong Group, was sentenced to death together with his younger brother, Liu Wei and three other associates, in May for "leading mafia-style crime and murder".
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: AIRCRAFT DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION
The Beijing-based Sina Military Network on February 7, 2015, said that China and Russia recently reached an agreement to design a new passenger aircraft with the potential to be modified into a refueling aircraft for the air forces of both nations.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER RESOLUTION
The official english-language 'Global Times' on February 10, 2015, published an article captioned 'Sino-Indian border deal requires clear signals'. Stating that " If there is an "out-of-box solution," it is likely a breakthrough over the eastern part of the border, which contains the most controversial area between China and India", the newspaper added that "the illegal McMahon Line, which is at the heart of the boundary dispute.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY/PBOC
Chinese media reports on February 10, 2015, said that changes are imminent at the People’s Bank of China. Two of its four Deputy Governors namely Hu Xiaolian and Li Dongrong will leave their posts.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
On February 8, 2015, PBSC member Liu Yunshan attended a meeting of the Leading Small Group on the Economy.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA NAVY
Vincent R. Stewart, Director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), told a hearing of the House Committee on Armed Services on February 3, 2015, that Chinese nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines will begin routine patrol missions in open sea this year.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-US: DALAI LAMA
Despite China warning the US against the Dalai Lama attending the Breakfast Prayer Meeting, the Dalai Lama was reportedly warmly welcomed by President Obama when participating for the first time in the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, 2015 in Washington DC.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INDIA: SUSHMA SWARAJ'S MEETING WITH XI JINPING
Xinhua on February 2, 2015 reported that in his meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on February 2, 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping said "Leaders of the two countries should maintain communication and exchanges and work together to ensure the correct direction for the development of the bilateral ties."
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY
The latest issue of the Hurun Research Institute, which tracks global wealth and the richest men in China and the world, in its latest report for 2015 claims that the world now has 2089 billionaires surpassing 2000 for the first time. Of these, the number of billionaires in China has increased by 72 and now totals 430.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-MISSILES
The Global Times on February 5, 2015, reported that Beijing has shipped its liquid-fuelled carrier rocket, the Long March 7, to its Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in Hainan province for tests in preparation for the rocket's first launch next year.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
Observing that here has been no official comment yet on whether China is building a second aircraft carrier, the CCP's official mouthpiece People's Daily on February 5, 2015, quoted Yang Yujun, spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense as saying as having said at a regular press conference on August 29, 2013, that the "Liaoning is China's first aircraft carrier, but will definitely not be the only one".
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: INNER MONGOLIA
According to Radio Free Asia (RFA) on January 13, 2015, dozens of ethnic Mongolian herders from China's Inner Mongolia region converged on Beijing to lodge a complaint with the national government over a land grab by the PLA in 2011 since when they have received little compensation.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-NORWAY
China's official news agency reported on Feb 4, 2015 that Norwegian police had ordered a Chinese doctorate student working at the University of Agder to leave Norway before January 23, 2015. Ma Qiang, Political Counselor at the Chinese embassy in Norway, had raised the issue with Norway's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on February 3, 2015.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: THINK-TANKS
According to a recent report, China has the second largest number of think tanks in the world (426), behind only the United States (1,826).On October 27, at the sixth meeting of the Leading Group for Overall Reform, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a new type of think tank. He said think tanks should have “Chinese characteristics,” promote China’s modernization and governing system as well as strengthen China’s soft power.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY PARADE
China plans to hold its first large-scale military parade since 2009 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. One key objective was described as being to "frighten Japan." (China most recently held National Day parades in 1999 and 2009 to mark the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the Oct. 1 establishment of the People's Republic of China.)
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: AIRCRAFT SALES
The Kanwa Defense Review, a Canada-based Chinese-language military magazine, on Jan 30, 2015, disclosed that China is likely to receive the first batch of Su-35 fighters from Russia between 2017 and 2018, if the contract can be signed this year. Russia has decided to sell only 24 Su-35 fighters to China.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-US: CHINA'S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
Navy Capt. James E. Fanell, outgoing intelligence chief of the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, warned at his retirement party in Pearl Harbour, Honolulu on February 2, 2015, that China’s ruling Communist Party is “rejuvenating” and preparing for a military conflict in Asia.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INDIA
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s official mouthpiece 'People's Daily' on February 2, 2015, described Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Beijing for the trilateral regular meeting mechanism for FMs of India, China and Russia in positive tones. It said that "For India, which aspires to become a leading player on both regional and global arenas, it pays off by adopting a pragmatic approach in diplomacy: instead of purely looking to the West to heed every move in Washington, it also attaches great importance to relations with its two giant northern neighbors.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
One day after the President of China's Minsheng Bank resigned during the weekend as he was taken by the government for investigation, a Board Member of one of its smaller rivals, the Bank of Beijing, Lu Haijun, was taken by the government for investigation due to "serious breach of discipline",
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN ACADEMIA
China's Education Minister Yuan Guiren, writing in the latest edition of the influential Communist Party theoretical journal Qiushi (Seeking Truth), said universities were the "front line of ideology" and that there were some trends on campus that required closer attention. He said "Young teachers and students are key targets of infiltration by enemy forces" and "Some countries have seen China's development as a challenge to their system and values and have stepped up infiltration in more discrete and diverse ways, resulting in a more difficult task to manage publicity and ideology." He said classroom guidelines would be drafted to put "Marxism at the forefront" and textbooks that spread incorrect Western viewpoints would be steadily barred from campus. Controls over philosophy and social science forums would be stepped up to stop "wrong talk".
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIER
The Chinese Communist Party's official mouthpiece 'People's Daily' was quoted by its subsidiary Global Times on February 2, 2015, as revealing that construction of China's second aircraft carrier appears to be imminent. It said that on Saturday, the official microblog of the Changzhou city government in east China's Jiangsu province posted that a local company, Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group, has won a tender to supply cabling for "China's second aircraft carrier." The post was reproduced in a report by the Changzhou Evening News the same day, but both the microblog post and the article were deleted shortly after publication.
CCAS
Feb 2015

CHINA-HONGKONG:MILITARY TRAINING
Hong Kong established a new uniformed organization called the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association Limited (HKACAL), whose founding ceremony was held on January 18, 2015, at the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-HONGKONG:MILITARY TRAINING
Hong Kong established a new uniformed organization called the Hong Kong Army Cadets Association Limited (HKACAL), whose founding ceremony was held on January 18, 2015, at the Ngong Shuen Chau Barracks of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA
The PLA Daily reported on January 23, 2015, that following Xi Jinping's instruction at a PLA Political Work Conference in April 2013, by the end of 2014, more than 86,000 leaders and cadres above the regimental level, including 810 leaders above the combined corps level, had been organized to serve in the company as soldiers.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-GLOBAL MILITARY RANKING
Global Firepower, a website that lists the world's military strength, has ranked China in the third place after the US and Russia.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA AIR FORCE's J-10B AIRCRAFT
Commenting on recent pictures of the 14 J-10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) and parked on the apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly assessed that this type of modified fighter will possibly soon be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
On January 23, 2015, the CCP CC'S Politburo adopted the outline of a National Security Strategy. The Chinese media did not give details, but said the new strategy warned of “unpredictable” and “unprecedented” dangers facing China, both at home and abroad. Xinhua, in its official summary, said that to face these challenges, “national security must be under the absolute leadership of the CCP’s efficient and unified command.”
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INDIA: JAPAN
An article published in the official Chinese newspaper Global Times on January 23, 2015, claimed that Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida's remarks in Delhi regarding Arunachal Pradesh "showed Japan's clear tactic of taking sides over disputed territory by backing India and that Tokyo's ambition goes beyond just strengthening its relationship with India". It said this revealed Japan's "intent of "uniting" the countries that have territorial disputes with China, in an attempt to create a strong impression that Japan, along with China's other neighboring countries, is bullied by a rising China. In the case of a conflict, Japan can put the blame on China instead of itself".
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW AND ORDER
Hong Kong based infonews television and online media cnnt.hk reported that two people were stabbed and one beheaded at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, in a shopping mall in Yan'an city, north China's Shaanxi province. The cause of the attack is not yet known.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA--US PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT TO INDIA
China's official Global Times published an Op-Ed on January 20, 2015, showing its pique at US President Obama's visit to India and the growing warmth in Indo-US relations.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: ZUBR HOVERCRAFT
Among photographs of various ships being built in Chinese shipyards that have recently surfaced online, are two hovercrafts resembling the Ukrainian Zubr-class air-cushioned landing craft.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: STRENGTHENING PROPAGANDA AND IDEOLOGICAL WORK IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The CCP CC's General Office and the State Council General Office recently issued the “Opinions concerning Further Strengthening and Improving Propaganda and Ideology Work in Higher Education Under New Circumstances”. The full text of the “Opinion” was released by Xinhua on January 19, 2015.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-POPE FRANCIS AND DALAI LAMA
On January 19, 2015, Pope Francis denied earlier reports that he had refused to meet the Dalai Lama in December for fear of upsetting China. He told journalists that "The usual protocol of the secretary of state is not to receive heads of state and high ranking personalities when they are in Rome for an international meeting.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Xu Zengping, a former PLA basketball player was chosen to negotiate the acquisition of the second-hand Varyag aircraft carrier from Russia posing as a businessman. He was quoted on January 20, 2015, as saying that Beijing never repaid the US$120 million it cost him. He told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper: "I still haven't received one fen (one hundredth of a yuan) from our government. I just handed it over to the navy." Xu Zengping also revealed that, contrary to reports, the ship was still fitted with its original engines at the time it was transported to China.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-XI JINPING WARNS PLA OFFICERS TO MANAGE WITHIN THEIR SALARIES
At an important meeting on January 18, 2015, Chinese President and Chairma of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping warned PLA cadres and especially senior officers to manage within their salaries and not resort to trying to earn 'grey' or illegal incomes. He warned that corrupt officers will be caught and added that the days where officers could get by with doing the minimum work had gone.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN ACADEMIA
The CCP CC Propaganda Department and the PRC State Council jointly issued a document on January 19, 2015, on strengthening propaganda and ideological work in Chinese universities. It mandates that 'China's Dream' be included in the required study material.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP MINISTRY OF STATE SECURITY
With the removal and detention of Vice Minister Ma Jian of the Ministry of State Security (MoSS) there is a void at the top of China’s civilian intelligence apparatus. Ma Jian is the third Vice Minister of the MoSS to be removed in recent years. Till his removal he was viewed as a possible successor to Geng Huichang, the current Minister of State Security, who is due to retire in the next two to three years.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP SALARIES
The official English-language newspaper China Daily reported on January 20, 2015, that Chinese President Xi Jinping and the other six members of the CCP CC's Politburo Standing Committee have been given a 62 per cent pay increase. Civil servants have also received their first salary increases since 2006. Xi Jinping's basic monthly pay will go up to 11,385 yuan (S$2,440) from 7,020 yuan, the China Daily said, citing announcements by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. At the bottom of the scale, the lowest-ranked civil servants have seen their pay more than double to 1,320 yuan.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION-PLA
The Global Times, a subsidiary of the CCP CC mouthpiece Peope's Daily, reported on January 15, 2015, that Major General Liu Jixing, President of the PLA Military Court, had been promoted the previous day to the level of Commander of a major military command.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-US: CYBER THEFT
The German magazine Der Spiegel on January 18, 2015 published new disclosures of signals intelligence collected by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its "Five Eyes" partners, including the Australian Signals Directorate.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INDIA: ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Global Times, the subsidiary newspaper of the CCP mouthpiece People's Daily on January 19, 2015, reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, while on his 17th visit to India delivered a speech announcing Japan's large-scale investment in northeastern India. It said that during the speech he described " 'Arunachal Pradesh' (ie, southern Tibet)" as Indian territory. It noted his comment that "Japan has currently no plans to invest in this region. "
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: ICBMs
Quoting from a report published in the International Herald Leader, a newspaper under the auspices of the official news agency Xinhua, the WantChina Times on January 18, 2015, said that China's Dong-Feng 21 ballistic missile may have been deployed at the Changbai Mountains in the northeastern region of the country as a deterrent against Japan and Taiwan.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION: PLA
The Liberation Army Daily reported on January 9, 2015, that the People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s General Political Department, General Logistics Department and the PLA Discipline Inspection Department had jointly issued a notice announcing that the PLA will start a two-year operation against malpractice and corruption in staff housing projects.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION LEADERSHIP
The CDIC disclosed on January 18, 2015, that Huo Ke, Deputy Director of the China National Tourism Administration, is being investigated for suspected "serious discipline and law violations." Huo Ke, 54, was named tourism deputy head in December 2014.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: INVESTIGATIONS FOR CORRUUPTION AGAINST MoSS VICE MINISTER
Xinhua and a posting on the official CDIC website on January 16, 2015, confirmed the disclosure made on December 9, 2014, by the US-based Mingjing website that MoSS Executive Vice Minister Ma Jian was under investigation.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: MILITARY COOPERATION
China's state-owned Global Times reported the arrival of Chinese pilots at a Russian Air Force training center to train to fly the Su-35 fighter and said this indicates that Russia and China have reached a consensus about when the aircraft will be turned over to the PLA Air Force. According to a report from Zvezda, a television network run by the Russian military. Beijing and Moscow are likely to sign the final agreement regarding the sale of 24 Su-35 fighters to China on May 19, 2015. Turning over possession of the Su-35 fighters will begin in 2016.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST 15 GENERALS IN PLA
Very interestingly, the English-language official newspaper 'China Daily' with inputs from the official news agency Xinhua, published a report on January 16, 2015, listing 16 senior PLA officers at corps level and above as under investigation on charges of corruption. Among those listed are:
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA MISSILE CAPABILITY
While experts from the United States and Russia have expressed their concerns regarding China's DF-31 and DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missiles, Chinese military analyst Liu Jiangping told Global Times on January 8, 2015, that China's ability to strike the continental United States had been exaggerated. He said China's ICBM arsenal is small compared to that of the United States and added that most of China's missiles could not be used to launch a first strike against North America due to their range. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) is unable to launch a first strike against North America. Liu Jiangping also said that Russia is, meanwhile, trying to turn the attention of the United States to China through overstating the PLA's nuclear strike capability.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL
Wang Yongqing, Secretary General of the CCP CC's Political-Legal Committee wrote a hard-hitting article in the Party theoretical journal, Qiu Shi (Seeking Truth) in its issue of January 4, 2015. In the article, Wang Yongqing stressed the need to uphold the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, uphold the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and implementing the rule of law and the theory of socialism with Chinese characteristics. He emphasised that Party leadership is socialism with Chinese characteristics and a most essential feature and that it is the most fundamental guarantee of socialist rule.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LABOUR UNREST
China Labour Bulletin recorded 569 incidents of strikes and protests during the fourth quarter of 2014, more than three times the number in the same period in 2013. Guangdong province continued to be the epicentre of worker activism in China, accounting for about 20 percent of all incidents. There has, however, been a sharp increase in the number of protests in several other provinces, with the number of incidents in Jiangsu, Shandong, and Henan jumping from 11, 6, and 6 respectively in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 43, 34, and 30 last year. There were 60 strikes in the transport sector, or just over ten percent of the total, down from 22 percent in the same quarter of 2013. One of the most notable features of the strike action seen in the last quarter were the 43 strikes and teachers, more than four times the number in the fourth quarter of 2013. After massive strikes by thousands of teachers in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang in November in protest at low wages and a new pension scheme, more and more teachers in Henan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, and Anhui staged protests over wage arrears, performance-related pay schemes and forced overtime.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: TERRORISM AND UYGHURS
Global Times reported on January 14, 2015, that police in Shanghai arrested 10 Turkish nationals suspected of supplying fake passports to ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang who were described as "terror suspects". Another 11 people, including nine Xinjiang "terror suspects", were also detained in November while trying to leave China after paying 60,000 yuan for altered Turkish passports. The paper said terrorism-related audio and video materials were found among the suspects and that some had been bound for Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Chinese foreign ministry and the Turkish embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to requests for information about the case.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
The US-based Duowei News citing recent Chinese media reports said that General Jia Tingan, deputy head of the PLA's General Political Department, might be under investigation on corruption charges. Also, the life sentence handed down to the former deputy commander of the PLA Navy, Wang Shouye, was revealed recently for the first time in an article penned by Major General Zhang Jinchang, former deputy head of the infrastructure section at the General Logistics Department, in liberal reformist monthly journal Yanhuang Chunqiu.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Shanxi governor Li Xiaopeng, the 55 year old son of former Premier Li Peng, will no longer directly handle the province’s anti-graft and audit agencies and state-owned enterprises. An enlarged conference of Shanxi province decided to change the leadership’s division of responsibilities on December 31, with Li’s former portfolio handed to Executive Vice Governor Gao Jianmin. Li Xiaopeng will still be in charge of the province’s overall management. (Comment: Li Xiaopeng was promoted to Governor in January, 2013.)
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: YASUKUNI SHRINE VISIT
Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei as saying at a daily press briefing that China calls on the Japanese government to distance itself from militarism following the visit on January 9, 2015 by Premier Shinzo Abe to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine. Hong Lei said: "China's stance on visits to the Yasukuni Shrine by Japanese leaders is firm and clear, [As long as] Japan earnestly faces up to and profoundly reflects upon its aggressive history, and distances itself from militarism, then China-Japan ties can develop in a sound and stable way."
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: FOREX RESERVES
China’s foreign exchange reserves, the world’s largest since 2006, could drop to $3.5 trillion to $4 trillion or lower at the end of 2015, according to the majority of economists polled in a Bloomberg survey. Eleven said the $3.99 trillion posted on June 30 was the peak.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-TIBET: LANGUAGE POLICY
The TAR Bureau of Compilation and Translation announced on January 12, 2015, that all seven prefecture-level cities in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have started organizing Tibetan language training for non-native cadres. Qoizha, Deputy Director of the Bureau, said they have handed out 40,000 books on basic Tibetan language for daily conversation. Earlier, in September 2014 China's President Xi Jinping stressed at a conference on ethnic work that in ethnic regions, ethnic minority cadres should learn Mandarin, and Han cadres should also learn ethnic languages. The language skill should become a "requirement" for cadres.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG TERRORISM
Xinjiang's government-run Tianshan news site reported that on January 12 police in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region shot dead six attackers amid a security clampdown in the region. There were no police or civilian casualties.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The US-based Mingjing News website reported on January 9, 2015, that Ma Jian, Executive Vice Minister in the Ministry of State Security has been detained over alleged corruption as part of President Xi Jinping's ever-widening crackdown on graft. Several of Ma Jian's close relatives are also under investigation.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: TERRITORIAL DISPUTE
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held an official meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Japan for the first time in 13 months on Jan. 9, when the discussed efforts to repair strained bilateral ties. Fumio Kishida was quoted by Asahi Shimbun as telling Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua that "We want to build up mutual cooperation and bolster momentum for improved relations." The Ambassador replied: "We share the same view." Also at the meeting, Kishida protested the intrusion of three Chinese government ships into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea the same day. In response, Cheng reiterated Beijing's stance that the sovereignty issue has yet to be resolved between the two neighbors, despite Tokyo's claim that there is no territorial dispute.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG-UYGHUR AR: BAN ON BURQA'S
On January 10, 2015, Xinhua reported that the legislature of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) has approved a regulation banning the wearing of the burqa in public places in the regional capital of Urumqi. The XUAR People's Congress said the regulation will go into effect after being amended. It was drafted by the municipal legislature of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, last year.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA REFORM
A circular issued by the PLA's General Political Department (GPD) and endorsed by the Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping has directed that PLA Commanders and PLA Political Commissars switch posts . The objective is to enhance combat capability and eliminate the possibility of emergence of factions. The move is limited to officers within the same unit and does not entail cross MR or cross formation switching of posts. A similar move was initiated in 2014 at the Company and Battalion levels.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: LATIN AMERICA
According to figures released by the Boston University's Global Economic Governance Initiative, China has extended credit worth over US$ 100 billion to the Latin American region since 2005. China has also recently pledged billions of dollars of financing to Venezuela and Ecuador, becoming their biggest foreign financier.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-TAIWAN: FLAG RAISING INCIDENT IN US
Taiwanese Deputy Foreign Minister Andrew Kao told a parliamentary session in Taipei yesterday that Taipei had expressed regret at embarrassing the United States after a Taiwanese flag-raising ceremony in Washington sparked US criticism and Beijing's anger. He said "This is an isolated incident. We regret that it caused the US inconvenience. We have an understanding [with the US] and we will continue to enhance communication."
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ACADEMIC REFORMS
A report in Beijing News on January 7, 2015, disclosed that senior government officials have been told to stay away from standing in election for memberships of the country's two leading academies, namely, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). Both had announced their new election rules in December, which disqualify officials above division level from the biennial recruitment, which started on January 1, 2015.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY AIR FORCE
The first carrier-based helicopter regiment in the history of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which is affiliated to the North Sea Fleet, carried out its first flight on January 7, 2015 at an airport in Shandong province.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Local Chinese media reports claimed on January 9, 2015, morning that Jiang Mianheng, son of former CCP General Secretary Jiang Zemin, had stepped down as head of the Shanghai branch of the China Academy of Science, after holding this key position for many years. Local media cited "old age" as a reason to explain Jiang Mianheng's departure.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
The US-based Chinese Duowei News reported on January 7, 2015, that China's Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig, owned by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, is on its way from Sanya in southeast China's Hainan province to Singapore, where it will begin exploration in the Indian Ocean.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-PLA NAVY: NUCLEAR POWERED AIRCRAFT CARRIER
Informed reports emanating from China claim that China is trying to build its own nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It is modelled on the unfinished former Soviet nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-PLA: POLITICAL AND IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN
On January 7, 2015, PLA's General Political Department announced that President Xi Jinping, who is also Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), had endorsed the launch of a new year-long education campaign throughout the PLA.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-CYBER ESPIONAGE
The website of the Party newspaper 'People’s Daily' published an article on January 5, 2015, saying that the University of Electronic Technology and Science at Xi’an was opening its 17th school to be called the School of Cyber Engineering and Innovation Center.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE
Caijing magazine on January 7, 2015, disclosed that an internet storm had erupted on January 7, after eagle-eyed readers found a list of equipment expenditures by the local police substation posted on its official website in the Wenzhou Economic and Technology Development Zone in Fujian province. The list included the 49,000-yuan purchase of surveillance equipment enabling police to remotely hijack Android and iPhone handsets for surveillance purposes.
CCAS
Jan 2015

US-CHINA:REAL ESTATE
CCCC International USA LLC, an affiliate of China Communications Construction Company U.S. International purchased a 2.4-acre site at 1430 S. Miami Ave in the posh Brickell neighborhood for US$ 74.7 million. Plans for what will be built on the 2.4-acre site at 1430 S. Miami Ave. According to Dr. Shan-Jie Li, Chief Executive Officer of the American Da Tang Group Co. Ltd. in New York, plans for the project are not yet complete, but it could be a mixed-use project that includes condominiums, hotel and office elements. The buyer of the land is listed as a newly formed Delaware entity, CCCC International USA LLC.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
FBI documents made public on December 30, 2014, revealed that Ms Xiafen “Sherry” Chen, an employee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office in Ohio, was charged with illegally accessing the Army’s National Inventory of Dams (NID) and stealing sensitive infrastructure data from an Army Corps of Engineers database.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG
As warned at the time by China's official media that the 'Occupy Central' protesters will pay the price, the Hongkong Standard reported that Hongkong authorities have commenced arresting at least 50 protest leaders including professors, legislators, and students.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s official theoretical journal, Seeking Truth, paid a rare homage in its January 6 issue when it published a retrospective on its website summarising and linking to every article ever written for the journal by current Chinese President Xi Jinping. It traced articles back to October 1966.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-NORTH KOREA:
On December 27, 2014, a North Korean man believed to be an army deserter was detained by Chinese authorities for allegedly killing four Chinese citizens in an apparent robbery in the Chinese border town of Nanping in Helong, just north of the Tumen River. Chinese police and military authorities caught the North Korean man after a manhunt. Chinese authorities have not announced the incident and the country's state-run media organizations have also remained silent.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-RUSSIA: AIRCRAFT SALES
According to Moscow's Russian Military Analyst dated January 3, 2015, Russia has recently rejected China's request to purchase Tu-22 Supersonic strategic bombers to replace the PLA's Cold War-era H-6 strategic bombers.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-TIBET: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CENSORING BY FACEBOOK
On January 5, 2015, The International Campaign for Tibet launched a campaign against Facebook calling its CEO Mark Zuckerberg to account after a video of a self-immolation in Tibet posted by a prominent Tibetan writer was deleted.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-ECONOMY: RARE EARTH EXPORTS
Following the WTO's decision that China's 15-year-old export controls, in the form of quota controls, on rare earths violated trade rules, China's Ministry of Commerce on December 31, 2014, dropped rare earths from a list of products subject to export quotas. Exporters now need only provide sales contracts to win export licenses. China accounts for 90 percent of the world’s production of rare earths.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
53-year old Yang Weize, Party Secretary of Nanjing has been placed under investigation by the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC). This was disclosed by the CDIC on its website on January 4, 2015. According to Caixin magazine, a Nanjing official who declined to be named is reported to have said the CDIC received a tip-off from a retired Jiangsu official, who alleged wrongdoing by Yang Weize during his tenures in the city governments of Suzhou and Wuxi from late 2000 to 2011.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/BO XILAI
According to Foreign Policy, ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai's estranged son, 37-year old Li Wangzhi in a post on Weibo on January 1, 2015, said that he had his first meeting with Bo Xilai in seven years in early 2014.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-FOREIGN POLICY
On December 27, 2014, the Chinese official media reported a speech by Vice Premier Wang Yang, entitled, "The United States is the guide of the world; China is willing to join this system." In the text, Wang Yang is reported to have said, "China and United States are global economic partners, but America is the guide of the world. America already has the leading system and its rules; China is willing to join the system and respect those rules and hopes to play a constructive role."
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-PLA: MILITARY
In a move to make weapons and defence-related purchases transparent, the PLA's General Armament Department (GAD) launched a website on January 4, 2015, that lists a total of 350 items that need to be procured. The list will be updated on the first working day of every January and July.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Hongkong's South China Morning Post quoted China's official news agency on January 5, 2015, as making a rare acknowledgment of factions within the Communist Party, and named key members who are tied to disgraced top cadres Zhou Yongkang and Ling Jihua. Xinhua named several fallen senior officials as connected to the so-called Shanxi Gang, Secretary Gang and Petroleum Gang.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA & IDEOLOGY
According to the official news agency, Xinhua, the CCP CC issued Document No:30 last week instructing universities to “enhance guidance over thinking and keep a tight grip on leading ideological work in higher education” and reinforcing warnings that Western-inspired notions of media independence, “universal values” and criticism of Mao threaten the party’s survival.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CDIC-ANTI-CORRUPTION
A total of 45 high-ranking cadres of the Party, Government and PLA are presently under investigation on charges of corruption and have been dismissed from their posts and the Party or are under suspension from their posts.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ANTI-CORRUPTION
A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announcement of January 1, 2015, stated that Zhang Kunsheng, the senior most of MFA's four Assistant Foreign Ministers and in charge of the Protocol Department, was removed from his post as he is "suspected of violating discipline and is being investigated". Qin Gang, who was the ministry's chief spokesman, had assumed the protocol position while Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao will be acting chief spokesman.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: INNER MONGOLIA DISSENT
Hada, a resident of Inner Mongolia and ethnic Mongol, on December 19, 2014, filed a lawsuit against the Chinese authorities for placing him under extrajudicial detention for 4 years after his completion of a 15-year jail term and persecuting his wife Xinna and son Uiles on trumped-up charges.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA- NEW YEAR'S MESSAGE
Reporting the PLA's leadership's New Year's message to PLA personnel, the Liberation Army Daily on January 1, 2015, observed that China's "surrounding situation is generally stable", but added that "some Western countries stepped up and instigated "color revolution", intensified the implementation of online "Cultural Cold War" and "political transgenic" project, and escalated attempts to uproot the soul of our military officers and soldiers". It said that the army faces grim challenges from attempts to separate the PLA from the Party's banner and dilute its ideological and political commitment. It urged PLA officers and soldiers to effectively enhance the sense of mission awareness, and resolutely obey the Central Military Commission with Chairman Xi in command.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: NAVAL PATROLS NEAR DIAOYU
Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper said on December 31, 2014, that under direct orders from Chinese President Xi Jinping, China's patrol ships in the East China Sea have begun coming closer than ever to the disputed Diaoyutai (Diaoyu or Senkaku) islands from mid-December. The newspaper noted that while since August the Chinese ships had generally kept at a distance of 200 km from the islands, or at what has been called the "halfway line" between China and Japan, however since mid-December this policy saw a sudden shift with two patrol boats coming within 27 km north of the Diaoyutai's surrounding waters and within 70 km of the islands themselves.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: EAST CHINA SEA, DIAOYU ISLANDS
China started an official website dedicated to asserting its claims in the East China Sea. The website went online on December 30, 2014 and uses the domain name “Diaoyu” in both Chinese and English. According to the online statement “The Chinese government has an unswerving determination and will to safeguard our national territorial integrity. We have confidence and ability to defeat Japan’s efforts to crush historical facts and international convention.”
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: STAMPEDE IN SHANGHAI
In what is being described as perhaps the worst mass stampede in three decades, reports till the morning of Jan 1, 2015, state that 35 deaths have been confirmed and more than 40 persons injured in the mass stampede that happened at midnight on New Year Eve in Shanghai Bund area. Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng, considered to be a rising star and possible candidate for Premiership the next time, has been placed in charge of rescue work. Injured persons have been sent to Shanghai No.1 People's Hospital.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-INTERNAL: XI JINPING'S NEW YEAR'S SPEECH
China's official media, including the Party mouthpiece 'People's Daily', on January 1, 2015, front-paged Chinese President Xi Jinping's New Year's speech. In his speech, Xi Jinping emphasised the drive against corruption, ostentation and waste, economic reform programmes to improve the people's living standards. The speech contained references to events organised to mark the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Victory Day, Martyrs Day and the Nanjing Massacre victims of the National Mourning Day.
CCAS
Jan 2015

CHINA-JAPAN: NAVY PROVOCATIONS
A Sovremennyy-class destroyer with a displacement of 7,940 tons and a Jiangwei-class frigate with a displacement of 2,392 tons, both belonging to the PLAN's East Sea Fleet, came within about 70 kilometers of the Senkaku Islands in mid-December. This was the first occasion on which PLAN warships came so close to the Senkakus since the Tokyo-Beijing feud erupted in 2012. Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has dispatched vessels to keep an eye on the warships’ activities.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Sun Chunlan, Politburo Member and Tianjin Party Chief will take over as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s United Front Work Department, apparently replacing disgraced Ling Jihua. After a brief mention of this appointment, China's official media later retrieved the news.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-ENERGY/STREAMLINING
China’s official news agency announced on December 29, 2014 that Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co. and the Jingmei Group had been merged into a new 200 billion yuan ($32 billion) company to improve efficiency in the energy industry and reduce pollution.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-IDEOLOGY/UNIVERSITIES
China's official media reported on December 29, 2014, that Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater "ideological guidance" in China's universities and urged the study of Marxism. Xi Jinping said universities had to "shoulder the burden of learning and researching the dissemination of Marxism" and called on the authorities to step up the party's "leadership and guidance" in universities as well as to "strengthen and improve the ideological and political work". Xi Jinping urged campuses to "cultivate and practice the core values of socialism in their teaching".
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Two high-ranking executives of China Unicom namely Zhang Zhijiang, Unicom’s General Manager of Network Construction and Zong Xinhua, General Manager of the IT and E-Commerce Unit, were dismissed for “violations of discipline” after investigations by anti-corruption authorities. Zhang Zhijiang was dismissed on December 15, 2014, while Zong Xinhua was dismissed on December 18.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/CCP
The CCP CC's Politburo met earlier today and decided it "would not tolerate" underground alliances. (Comment: This appears to be recognition that the Bo-Xu-Ling-Zhou camp were clearly organized and challenging the existing power structure within the Party.)
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM: NAVY
The Canada-based Duowei News reported on December 24, 2014, that the six Kilo-class submarines which Vietnam purchased from Russia are very likely to be used to cut off the supply line of the People's Liberation Army's garrison at the disputed Spratly islands. Vietnam's Kilo-class submarines are all equipped with 3M-14E Klub-S ballistic missiles. With an attacking range of 280 kilometers, the missile can reach Guangdong province's Zhanjiang, where China's South Sea Fleet headquarters is located. China's major naval facilities on Hainan island are also within reach. In addition, the Kilo-submarines can attack PLA supply ships with its GE2-01 radar-guided torpedoes.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI'S VISIT
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Kathmandu on a 3-day visit on December 26, 2014, at the head of a 7-member delegation. He is expected to convey that Nepal features prominently in China’s “peripheral diplomacy”.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: NORTH-SOUTH WATER DIVERSION PROJECT
On December 27, 2014, Beijing received its first flows from the South-North Water Diversion Project, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in China's history. After decades of planning and at least 202.32 billion yuan (HK$255.45) in investment, more than a billion cubic metres of water is projected to flow north to the capital every year through more than 1,200km of channels and pipes. Another 8.5 billion cubic metres will reach provinces along the way. The authorities say the project, which will ultimately have three routes and cost an estimated US$81 billion, will solve a chronic water shortage in northern cities.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
The Global Times recently published a commentary critical of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) by Lt General Wang Hongguang, a former Deputy Commander of the Nanjing Military Region, which was subsequently posted on a PLA website on December 2, 2014.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-US: CYBER COOPERATION
Senior US Administration officials recently disclosed that the Obama Administration has sought China’s help in blocking North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks. This is part of the "first steps" toward the “proportional response” President Obama vowed to make North Korea pay for the assault on Sony Pictures. The Chinese have so far not responded and their cooperation is critical, since virtually all of North Korea’s telecommunications run through Chinese-operated networks. Separately, Gordon Chang on December 21, 2014, told Al Jazeera America that the North Korean hacking group, Unit 121, is based in a luxury hotel in Shenyang, Liaoning, China.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-US: VISAS TO OFFICIALS
The PRC denied visas this year to the members of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA: ECONOMIC AID
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China is willing to help counteract an economic slowdown and provide financial aid to develop cooperation. He said this on December 15, at a gathering of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Asthana (Kazakhstan) attended by Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and China. The remarks appeared intended for Russia.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-S&T
Bai Chunlu, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), announced in August 2014, that the CAS's 104 Institutes would be reformed and the way it rewards its scientists would be changed to make the CAS a world leader in S&T by 2030. The CAS, which receives funding amounting to GBP 4.43 billion annually, is under pressure for its failure to produce enough breakthroughs that are changing the world. A document outlining the proposed changes was circulated in September 2014. It proposes creating four specified centres of excellence and increasing the salaries of scientists to reduce their dependence.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE: J-20 STEALTH AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION
Global Times on December 21, 2014, published a report claiming that China's stealth fighter technology has overtaken Russia.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-POLITICAL: JOURNALISM
In its latest report the 'Committee to Protect Journalists' states that the number of journalists in prison in China in 2014 is 44, an increase of 32 since 2013. It said that in recent years a larger number of journalists from ethnic minorities, mostly Tibetans and Uighurs, have been detained.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
The Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2014, quoted Chinese officials and experts familiar with China's policy-making as saying that China is more willing to allow the Yuan (RMB) to depreciate modestly to add flexibility to its trading.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-NEW BEIJING AIRPORT
China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced that it had approved the construction of a new airport in the southern Beijing suburbs to ease congestion and overcapacity at Beijing International Airport. The new airport, which will be designed by Netherlands Airport Consultants, is expected to take five years to build at a total cost of 80 billion yuan ($13.1 billion).
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-OIL
Chinese energy giant CNOOC Group is studying the possibility of building a multi-billion-dollar floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) vessel. This is as yet an untried technology, but could be used to produce gas from the deep waters of the South China Sea. While CNOOC has made no public announcement, a pre-feasibility study is well under way according to CNOOC officials who also said that CNOOC is already talking to global engineering firms about possible joint design of the vessel.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA- COAST GUARD
According to Shanghai's 'New Outlook' website, the Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard is building two ships with a displacement of over 10,000 tons for the China Coast Guard Bureau, which was set up last year. One ship, named the Haijing 2901 is already in water and the painting process began last month and will be completed by the end of this year. It is the biggest coast guard ship in the world and scheduled to be next Spring.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-TIBET: SELF- IMMOLATIONS
Quoting a Tibetan source, the Tibetan administration in Dharamsala said that Sangyal Khar, an ethnic Tibetan, set himself on fire on December 16, 2014, right in front of the Police Station in Amchok town, Sangchu County, Kanlho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province. He set himself on fire right in front of the Police Station around 9 AM (local time). The situation in Amchok town remains tense as authorities cordoned off the area and put restrictions on local people's movement and communication lines. Khar is the 134th Tibetan to immolate self, and 114th to succumb to the burns
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-PLA PROMOTIONS/RESHUFFLE IN DECEMBER 2014
Among the notable appointments/transfers effected by the PLA in December 2014 are those of: Rear Admiral Yang Jie, transferred as Deputy Commander of the 115th Airborne Corps; Sr. Col.Liu Faqing, promoted to Chief of Staff of the 15th Airborne Corps; Major General Dong Jinrong, promoted as the Political Commissar of the Logistics Department of the PLA's General Armaments Department (GAD); Major General Jiang Guoping, transferred as Deputy Chief of Staff of the PLA Navy's North China Sea Fleet.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA:ECONOMY-ILLEGAL MONEY OUTFLOWS
A report released by the Washington-based advocacy group 'Global Financial Integrity' claimed that Mainland China lost US$1.25 trillion between 2003 and 2012 to illicit outflows including tax evasion, crime and corruption, the largest loss of money among 151 developing nations it had surveyed. This number was described as “highly conservative” as it did not include cash settlements, common among drug dealers and money launderers. Dev Kar and Joseph Spanjers, the report's authors, wrote that “After a brief slowdown during the financial crisis, illicit outflows are once again on the rise, hitting a new peak of US$991.2 billion in 2012”.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-ZHOU YONGKANG
The People's Daily's WeChat account on December 15, 2014 declared that Zhou Yongkang's deeds made him "no different from a 'traitor'". The People's Daily article also cited the examples of Gu Shunzhang, the head of the party's intelligence services in the 1920s who defected to then ruling Kuomintang in the 1930s and was later executed on the orders of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek for secretly setting up a new party. It also referred to more recent "traitors", citing three senior People's Liberation Army personnel who sold military intelligence to Taiwan. All three were executed. The article said: "The word 'traitor' is rarely used in peacetime, but … corrupt elements who betray the party's purpose, violate discipline and tarnish the party's image … are no different from 'traitors'."
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: APECF-LUMBINI
Nepal's Social Welfare Council on December 14, 2014, stated that it had started the necessary process to blacklist the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation (APECF), a Chinese non-governmental organisation, for its lack of transparency and accountability.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-PLA:CORRUPTION
The investigations against PLA Major General Gu Junshan, former Deputy Head of the PLA's General Logistics Department, according to informed sources involves funds worth more than 30 billion yuan (US$4.9 billion), making it potentially the biggest corruption scandal in the history of the Communist Party and the PLA.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-US:ESPIONAGE
The Washington's Defense News air warfare correspondent disclosed recently that Yu Long, a 36-year-old Chinese engineer was arrested on December 9, 2014, for stealing sensitive proprietary information on titanium used to develop the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Yu Long, a resident of New Haven, Connecticut, was arrested on November 7, 2014, on charges that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to US$250,000.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-COUNTER-TERRORISM: ISIS
According to as report in the Financial Times on December 12, 2014, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during a meeting with Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari on the sidelines of the UN meeting on anti-terrorism in September, offered to help Iraq defeat the ISIS Sunni extremists. Jafari told the Financial Times in Tehran, “I welcomed this initiative. I told him . . . we are ready to deal with the coalition and also co-operate with countries outside this coalition.” China’s Defence Ministry declined to comment on Jafari’s remarks. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, would not comment on whether China was supplying air support or missiles, but said “China has been fighting terrorism and has been providing support and assistance to Iraq, including the Kurdish region, in our own way, and we will continue to do so within the best of our capabilities.”
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: HYDRO PROJECTS
An eight-member team from China's CWE Investment Company, a subsidiary of the Three Gorges Corporation, was scheduled to arrive in Nepal on December 9, 2014 to conduct a field study of the long-planned West Seti Hydropower Project located in Dadeldhura and Doti districts. Officials of Investment Board Nepal (IBN) said the technicians would leave for the project site the following day. They will study the proposed sites for the dam and the powerhouse.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-VATICAN: DALAI LAMA
The Pope has declined to meet the Dalai Lama while the latter visits (December 11-14, 2014) Rome for a meeting of Nobel Prize winners. Vatican officials frankly explained that they denied the Dalai Lama’s request for a papal audience “for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation” with China. An anonymous Vatican official said the decision was “not taken out of fear but to avoid any suffering by those who have already suffered.”
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: WESTERN PACIFIC
Japan reported on Dec. 6, 2014, that a Chinese Y9 intelligence gathering plane, two Y8 early warning planes and two H6 bombers were observed flying over an area between Okinawa's main island of Okinawa and Miyako island. Chinese military commentator Li Xiaojian said the jets may have departed for the Western Pacific to take part in a large-scale naval and air combat exercise, in which Chinese naval ships also participated. This also signals that China has the joint combat capability of combining its naval and air power.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-AFRICA: CYBER
On December 4, 2014, BBC reported the Kenyan police as saying they have cracked a cyber crime centre run by 77 Chinese nationals from upmarket homes in Rhunda estate in the capital, Nairobi.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-MILITARY
An article giving detailed information of the cost of a PLA soldier's uniform was published by Southern Weekly.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Rumours are circulating in Beijing that Premier Li Keqiang might be forced to 'resign' on grounds of ill health.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-TAIWAN
Retired PLA General Liu Jingsong, who retired from active service in 1997 and was formerly President of the influential Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, said at an annual conference of the Global Times newspaper that China will not leave the Taiwan problem "unresolved for a long time" and that the Chinese government would not be afraid to use force to resolve "the Taiwan issue".
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY
In a recently released book entitled 'The Theory of Island Warfare', retired General Zhu Wenquan, former Commander of the People's Liberation Army's Nanjing Military Region, discussed the scenario of a Chinese takeover of disputed islands in the East and South China seas.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-PLA NAVY OVERSEAS BASES
The Namibian Times on November 24, 2014, disclosed that China and Namibia are holding high-level talks regarding construction of a naval maintenance and supply base for the PLA Navy at Walvis Bay.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL
The CCP CC, at 8 minutes after midnight on December 6, 2014, announced that former Politburo Standing Committee member and China's Security Czar, Zhou Yongkang, had been expelled from the CC for serious violation of the Party's political discipline, organizational discipline and confidential discipline. Among the charges listed were: use of his office for people to seek illegal interests, accepting huge bribes directly or through family members; helping relatives, mistresses, friends, business activities to obtain huge profits, cause significant losses of state assets; disclosure of the party and state secrets; serious violations of the provisions of self-discipline; and a number of female adultery and illegal money transactions.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: ECONOMIC
The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) is preparing to sign an agreement with the People's Bank of China (PoBC) by the third week of December to facilitate the use of Chinese currency, renminbi (RMB) in transactions between the two neighbouring countries.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-US:TIBET
The Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region Lobsang Gyaltsen (Chinese: Luosang Jiangcun) is leading a delegation to Canada and the US from November 30, 2014.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-PLA:SECURITY
On November 29, 2014, Xinhua reported that the General Staff Headquarters, General Political Department, General Logistics Department and the General Armament Department of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) jointly issued rules to prevent "duty crimes".
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: HOUKOU-SECURITY
China's Ministry of Public Security and the State Ethnic Affairs Commission have issued draft regulations on "managing" ethnicity for hukou purposes ("ethnic element")"for public comment.The regulations are intended to become effective from July 1, 2015.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG UNREST
Quoting the official Tianshan news portal, China's official news agency Xinhua reported on November 29, 2014, that 15 people were killed and 14 injured in an attack which took place at a “food street” on November 28, 2014, in Shache county.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL; EARTHQUAKE IN TIBET
Official reports state that the earthquake in the Kangding (11' • 22") area at 7.00 pm on November 28, 2014, evening caused extensive damage.
CCAS
Dec 2014

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMY
Global Times on November 27, 2014, published an article which said that India could benefit in its effort to create a manufacturing base by tapping in to China's sunset industries.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY
The latest annual report of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission forecast that over the next three to five years, China's nuclear arsenal will weaken US deterrence in the Western Pacific, particularly with respect to Japan.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: SPACE
China's Global Times on November 27, 2014, published an article on the Kuaizhou-2 (KZ-2) quick-response launch vehicle launched into space by China on November 21, 2014, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
A report in OilPrice.com on November 26, 2014, reveals that recent satellite imagery confirms China is conducting significant land reclamation operations in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (SCS).
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM
Two of Vietnam's 100-metre-(330-ft-) long Russian-built missile-guided frigates docked in Manila Bay at the start of a three-day goodwill visit on November 25, 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), a U.S. congressional advisory panel, in its annual report issued on November 20, 2014, anticipating that China could have as many as 351 submarines and missile-equipped surface ships in the Asia Pacific by 2020.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
Xia Bin, Honorary Director General of the Finance Research Institute, Research Fellow at the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), and Member of the PRC State Council, said in a recent speech that China's economy is in bad shape and at risk of falling into a severe slump.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL LEADERSHIP:ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Speaking to a group of retired Chinese Communist Party veteran cadres on November 26, 2014, in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that his administration's anti-graft campaign had the "staunch backing" of retired party cadres.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER TALKS
China's official newsagency 'Xinhua' Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, as saying on November 25, 2014, that China welcomed the appointment of Ajit Doval as India's new Special Representative on border talks with China and expects a new round of border talks with India soon.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: FIFTH XIANGSHAN FORUM
The Liberation Army Daily reported on November 24, 2014 that at the 5th Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, Major General Luo Yuan, Deputy Secretary General of the China Association for Military Science (CAMS), said that Maj. Gen. Raul Del Rosario, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, had evaded answering questions.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CYBER SECURITY
Inaugurating China's first Cyber Security Week on November 24, 2014, Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of Propaganda, Liu Yunshan, called for strengthening public awareness of Internet security and lawful cyberspace management. Among the organisers of the Cyber Security Week are the ministries of industry and information technology, education and public security.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: ECONOMIC COOPERATION
A high-level Indian Railway team comprising officials of the High Speed Rail Corp and the Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd left for Beijing on November 25, 2014 to complete formalities for the project's feasibility study to build the world's second-longest high-speed railroad with a price tag of 200 billion yuan ($32.6 billion).
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG TERRORISM
Xinjiang Daily reported that 115 terrorist cells had been eliminated in the past six months since a yearlong crackdown on terrorism was launched on May 23 in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL; ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
On November 14, 2014, the website of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), the party’s top anti-corruption body, posted on its website that Zhang Xiaodong, Communist Party chief of Anyang in Henan province, received a total of 21.23 million yuan and US$10,000 from selling positions in the government during his 11 years in office from 2002 to 2013.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLA: RECRUITMENT
The 2015 civilian employee recruitment examination of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) was held at 46 military examination sites in 42 cities across the country on November 23, 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLA PROMOTION CRITERIA
A lengthy article published by the General Political Department on front page of the PLA Daily, listed 36 key points which will be the determining criteria for promotions in the PLA.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: BORDER AID
China and Nepal signed an agreement in Kathmandu on November 20, 2014, whereby China agreed to provide 10 million yuan (US$ 1.63 million) annually from 2014 to 2018 to help Nepal develop its northern districts bordering with China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-MILITARY: XIANGSHAN FORUM
General Chang Wanquan, State Councilor and Minister of National Defence, addressed the Fifth Xiangshan Forum in Beijing on November 21, 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
The Washington Post reported on November 20, 2014, that more than 200 PLA officers are being investigated for corruption. Separate reports claim that many PLA Generals have been placed under simultaneous detention in the past ten days or so.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-EARTHQUAKE: DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Commenting on the 6.3-magnitude quake that hit the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 6.30 am on November 22, 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping asked provincial and civil affairs authorities to be swift in organizing rescue and relief work and do their best to minimize casualties.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: SOEs
The state-owned Economic Information Daily reported on November 24, 2014, that China will soon executives at its biggest State-owned Enterprises publicly reveal their salaries.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
A source in a Chinese government think-tank involved in high-level policy discussions disclosed on November 23, 2014, that China's leadership and central bank -- concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses -- have changed their thinking and are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLAAF: SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLANDS
Jin Zhirui, who teaches at the Air Force Command School and was once affiliated with the operations department of the PLA Air Force Headquarters, quite unusually for a high-ranking PLA officer disclosed during a national security dialogue session on November 22, 2014, at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, that "There is a need for a base to support our radar system and intelligence-gathering activities." China has done land reclamation work at six of the seven reefs in the islands it calls Nansha.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-MILITARY ESPIONAGE
CCTV revealed on November 22, 2014, that a Chinese individual identified only as 'Cao' from the eastern city of Qingdao, Shandong province, had been arrested for taking photos of an aircraft carrier base and selling them to a foreign spy.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA's ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE
On November 20, 2014, General Liu Yazhou, Political Commissar of the Chinese National Defense University and a close associate of xi Jinping, writing in the Liberation Army Daily warned that “our investigation and punishment of corrupt elements such as General Xu Caihou and Major General Gu Junshan are only the beginning of our military’s anti-corruption battle of annihilation and protracted war.”
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-US: CYBER
Admiral Michael Rogers, who heads the National Security Agency and is also head of the U.S. Cyber Command, told a US Congressional panel on November 20, 2014, that China and "probably one or two other" countries have the capacity to shut down the nation's power grid and other critical infrastructure through a cyber attack.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
The Xinjiang High People’s Court on November 21, 2014, upheld a life sentence for “separatism” against prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti in proceedings that, according to Human Rights Watch, grossly violated his basic rights.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLLUTION
An investigative report in the Beijing News, published in September 2014 and telecast on CCTV News, stated that a number of chemical plants continue to dump untreated chemical waste in the Tengger Desert in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-NEW ZEALAND: XI JINPING'S VISIT
In a signed article published on the New Zealand Herald on November 19, 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in New Zealand the same evening -- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for joint efforts with New Zealand to work for "an even better future" of bilateral relations.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
On the conclusion of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan's state visit to Australia, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott pledged on November 19, to boost bilateral ties.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Yu Yansha, Director of the National Energy Administration's (NEA) Planning Department, has been detained by prosecutors. Yu Yansha is the sixth senior NEA official to come under scrutiny this year.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: MILITARY 'HAND-IN-HAND' EXERCISE
A Xinhua despatch of November 17, 2014 captioned: "Hand in hand -2014" China and India ground forces joint anti-terrorism exercise began' reported that: the "Hand in hand -2014" China and India ground forces joint anti-terrorism exercise opening ceremony was conducted on 17th October at the Aundh Military Cantonment in Pune, Maharashtra.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: MILITARY EXCHANGE
China's official news agency 'Xinhua' on November 16, 2014, reported that from November 9 to 14, a delegation of India's Eastern Army paid a friendly visit to the Military District of the Chengdu Military Region.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: G-20
China will play host to the Group of Twenty (G-20) Summit in 2016,
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Global Times on November 16, 2014, reported that Liang Shulin, a former Deputy Secretary General of the Hebei provincial committee, was arrested on November 15, 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ZHUHAI AIR SHOW: DISPLAY OF CRUISE MISSILE
China's Global Times reported on November 16, 2014, that the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation had for the first time demonstrated a supersonic cruise missile called the Chaoxun-1 or CX-1. It said the missile bears a close resemblance to the Russian-Indian BrahMos missile.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLAAF DEPLOYMENTS
Recent imagery shows that Y-7, Y-8 and IL-76 transport aircraft and IL-78 tanker aircraft are based at Wuhan-Paozhuwan airbase in Hubei Province, home of the 38th Air Regiment of the 13th Transport Division of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLAAF RECRUITMENT
The People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) held a news conference on the pilot cadet enrollment work in Zhuhai in Guangdong province on November 14, 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PAKISTAN: MILITARY COOPERATION
In a meeting with Pakistan's visiting Air Force Chief, "Air Staff Marshal" Tahir Rafique Butt, in Beijing on November 14, 2014, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan discussed bilateral military ties, including cooperation between the countries' air forces and said China is willing to make joint efforts with Pakistan to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of two countries, promote construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and build a China-Pakistan "community of shared destiny."
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: MEETING BETWEEN INDIAN PRIME MINISTER AND CHINESE PREMIER
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 13, 2014, in Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Taw. A press note issued by China said:
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-US: CLIMATE CHANGE
In what is being hailed as a landmark agreement, China and the US both agreed to limit carbon emissions. US President Obama announced on November 11, 2014, that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ILLEGAL FOREIGN CURRENCY REMITTANCES
Beijing police authorities raided 10 'underground' banks across the city on November 14, 2014, uncovering almost US$ 23 billion in illegal transactions
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA: EXPORT OF RADARS
According to the Canada-based Chinese-language Kanwa Defense Review, Russia has rejected the idea of providing China with a radar system suitable for fifth-generation stealth fighters like the Chengdu J-20. China is currently testing the Type 1475 active electronically scanned array radar system designed for the still-in-development J-20 on the nose of a Tu-204 jetliner.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA COOPERATION IN GPS (GLONASS)
Andrei Tyulin, General Manager of the Russian Space Systems Company disclosed on November 11, 2014, that several ground bases of Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) will be deployed in China.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLAN COMMISSIONS NEW GUIDED MISSILE FRIGATE
The new guided-missile frigate 'Sanmenxia' was commissioned and named at a ceremony on November 13, 2014 in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang province. The “Sanmenxia” warship, whose hull number is '593', is China's first independently-developed new type guide missile frigate and is deployed with the PLAN's East China Sea Fleet.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA/ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post on November 16, 2014, reported that Vice Admiral Ma Faxiang, Deputy Commissar of the PLA Navy (PLAN) had committed suicide by leaping from a PLAN office complex in Beijing on November 13, 2014. Earlier, on September 2, 2014, Rear Admiral Jiang Zhonghua of the PLAN South Sea Fleet's Armaments Department, jumped to his death from a hotel building in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ASEAN/APEC/EAS MEETINGS
The APEC Ministerial Meeting has decided to adopt an anti-corruption proclamation, and set up a law enforcement network to allow for cross-border cooperation in the anti-graft field.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-MYANMAR: LEADERSHIP
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on November 6, 2014 that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend the Meetings of East Asian Leaders on Cooperation at Naypyidaw of Myanmar, including the 17th China-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Meeting (ASEAN+1), the 17th ASEAN-China, Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Leaders' Meeting (ASEAN+3), and the 9th East Asia Summit (EAS), and will pay an official visit to Myanmar after these Meetings.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: RESUMPTION OF RELATIONS
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that China and Japan agreed on November 7, 2014, to gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue while acknowledging their different positions on the Diaoyu Islands.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: SILK ROAD PROJECTS
Presiding over the eighth meeting of the Central Leading Group on Financial and Economic Affairs on November 4, 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that China will accelerate construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, and strengthen cooperation with the countries involved.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
The Japanese media reported on November 6, 2014, that Tokyo and Beijing are preparing for a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next week.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PAKISTAN: MILITARY EXCHANGE
General Fang Fenghui, member of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) and Chief of the PLA General Staff, held talks with General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman of Pakistan's Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, in Beijing on November 5, 2014.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-NORINCO AT AVIATION AND AEROSPACE EXHIBITION
The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) announced on November 5, 2014 that it will participate in the 2014 China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (China air show 2014) in a big way as the host for the first time.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA: ZHUHAI AIR SHOW
Russia's most advanced jet fighter the Sukhoi SU-35, accompanied by an IL-76 transport aircraft, arrived on November 6, 2014, in the southern port city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province for the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PLA NAVY IN INDIAN OCEAN
The amphibious dock landing ship “Changbaishan” of the 18th escort taskforce of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), that just completed its 778th escort mission, docked at the Port of Djibouti on November 3, 2014, for a five-day-long in-port rest and replenishment.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: QATAR
The People's Bank of China (PBoC) on Nov 3, 2014, announced that it has signed a 3-year currency swap deal worth 35 billion yuan (about 5.7 billion U.S. dollars) with the central bank of Qatar.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-PAKISTAN: TERRORISM
Xinhua publicised the statement of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on November 3, 2014, condemning the suicide bombing in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore that left at least 55 dead and 118 others injured. Hua Chunying said: "China is shocked by the incident. China will continue to support the Pakistani government and its people's unremitting effort to safeguard national security and stability."
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: STRATEGIC RAILWAY TO NYINGCHI
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on November 5, 2014, that China had approved construction of a new strategically important high altitude railway line from Lhasa to Nyingchi in Tibet costing about USD 6 billion.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA
The PLA Daily reported on November 5, 2014 that Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairmen, General Fan Changlong and General Xu Qiliang, led 420 senior military officials, including leaders of the CMC, the PLA's four headquarters and seven key military commands, in pledging allegiance to President Xi Jinping , reaffirming the rule that the "party controls the gun" following a 2-day political conference in Gutian, Shanghang County, Fujian province last week.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOURTH PARTY PLENUM
At the conclusion of the four-day Fourth Plenary meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee from October 20-23, the Party endorsed disclosure as the norm, with non-disclosure as the exception.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA:ONE-CHILD POLICY
On November 5, 2014, Zhao Yanpei, an official with China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), said that China currently has no plans to suspend or further relax its one-child policy.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: INVESTIGATION OF ZHOU YONGKANG
China's Vice Minister for Justice, Zhang Sujun, recently said that investigations into former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang were still with the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection - the party's anti-graft watchdog body.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: MARITIME LIAISON CONSULTATIONS
A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun disclosed on October 30, 2014 that China and Japan's defense agencies are moving forward with the expert consultation needed to resume maritime liaisons.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-US: APEC & OBAMA'S VISIT
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on October 30, 2014, that China welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama to China and the 22nd APEC economic leaders' meeting in Beijing next month.
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: NORTHEAST
China's Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujunat the regular press briefing on October 30, 2014 "urged India not to take actions that will complicate the situation on the border, where the two countries have territorial disputes" He was replying to a question on India's plan to build 54 border posts near "the southern Tibet area".
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INDIA: KASHMIR
Commenting on the death on October 28, 2014 of a junior military officer in Kashmir, China's official news agency reported that he had died in ".....a gunfight in Indian-controlled Kashmir".
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Commenting on the discovery of over HK$ 252 million in local and foreign currency at the home of Wei Pengyuan,Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission's (NDRC) coal department, Xu Jinhui , an official from the Supreme People's Procuratorate overseeing the handing of graft cases, said "It marks the largest amount of money in cash we have seized from a corrupt official during a single operation since 1949".
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY
On October 30, 2014, China's official news agency Xinhua reported the denial by Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, of reports of an explosion on the aircraft carrier 'Liaoning'. It quoted him as saying that the reports in the foreign media did "not conform with the facts".
CCAS
Nov 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: MEETING AT APEC
Speaking to journalists, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China will extend a hospitable welcome to all visiting APEC leaders.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN
All Afghan newspapers on October 29, 2014, prominently front-paged the visit of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to China, describing it as "significant" and as of "great importance in boosting relations between the two neighboring nations".
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-BANGLADESH: NAVY COOPERATION
Admiral Wu Shengli, PLA Navy Commander and Member of Central Military Commission (CMC), met the visiting chief of Navy Staff of Bangladesh Vice Admiral Farbid Habibul in Beijing on the afternoon of October 27, 2014. Wu Shengli said "that China and Bangladesh are connected by mountains and waters"
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER SITUATION
Colonel Geng Yangsheng said at the routine weekly briefing of the Chinese Defence Ministry on October 25, 2014 that reports had appeared in the media about the recent confrontation in the "line of control" of the Sino-Indian border between the two sides appeared, and also how both sides resolved these confrontations.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: INTELLIGENCE COORDINATION
China has finalised a draft law to establish an anti-terrorism intelligence gathering center to coordinate and streamline intelligence gathering in the field. The counter-terrorism law aims to improve intelligence gathering and sharing of information across government bodies, the military, armed police and militia.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-TERRORISM: AL QAEDA
The 'al-Sahab' media organization, al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released the first issue of its new English-language magazine Resurgence, which has a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific region in general, and feature articles on India and Bangladesh.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Pan Yiyang, Deputy Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region was recently arrested and taken to Beijing on charges of corruption.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-US: CYBER ESPIONAGE
A week before US Secretary of State John F. Kerry and two weeks before US President Obama are due to arrive in Beijing for a series of high-level talks, a coalition of security researchers identified a Chinese cyber-espionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but also dissidents inside and outside China.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: TAR CHAIRMAN'S VISIT TO KATHMANDU
Lobsang Gyaltsen, Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), arrived in Kathmandu on October 27, 2014, at the head of a 6-member delegation. During talks with Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bam Dev Gautam and Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, he urged them to "put in place measures to curb “anti-China activities” in Nepal".
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/PLA
China's oficial news agency Xinhua reported on October 28, 2014, that Military prosecutors have finished investigating Xu Caihou's graft case.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM
Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong met visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Hanoi on October 27, 2014.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: LAOS/VIETNAM- PARTY TIES
Xinhua, on Octiber 28, 2014 reported that Liu Qibao, Politburo member and Head of the CCP Central Committee's Publicity Department, will lead a CCP delegation to Laos and Vietnam to attend theory seminars on "rule of law" from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5 at the invitation of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV).
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-AFGHANISTAN
New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai left Kabul on October 27, 2014 for a four-day official visit to China. He is accompanied by his National Security Adviser, Defence Minister and Financial Adviser. During his stay in China, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and the Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee Zhang Dejiang.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/THINK-TANK
Attending the sixth meeting of the 'Leading Group for Overall Reform', Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics. Describing intellectual resources as the most important resource for a nation, he said "building a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics is an important and pressing mission.
CCAS
Oct 2014

PLA: MILITARY FINANCIAL REFORM
Reports in China's military media reveal that the Central Military Commission (CMC) has approved a new Military reform management system that will evaluate the efficiencyand accountability in military spending and optimisation of financial resources.
CCAS
Oct 2014

PLA: DISMISSALS
Media reports indicate that the dismissal of Yang Jinshan, former Deputy Commander of the People's Liberation Army's Chengdu Military Area Command, at the 18th CCP Central Committee's fourth plenary session on October 23, 2014 was because he had a "strong connection with Bo Yibo", father of disgraced former Chongqing Communist Party chief Bo Xilai.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA EXERCISE
The PLA's Shenyang Military Region started a live-fire drill in northeast China, the largest in scale of the year, on October 26, 2014.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA/LEADERSHIP
72-year old Hu Deping, 'Princeling' son of the late, liberal-minded premier Hu Yaobang, will take over as Editor of China's cutting-edge political magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu. ,The change is expected to take effect] by the end of November 2014.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: COMMUNIQUE OF FOURTH PLENUM
Translation of the Communiqué of the 4th Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (Passed at the 4th Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party on 23 October 2014)
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PEOPLE'S ARMED POLICE'S FIRST ANTI-HIJACKING CONFERENCE
The Chinese People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) held its first international symposium on anti-aircraft-hijacking tactics at the Special Police College (SPC) in Beijing from October 20 to 24, 2014.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PLAAF: AVIATION UNIVERSITY
The Aviation University of Air Force held its 2nd International Air Force Cadets Week on October 20, 2014. 35 foreign military cadets from Air Force cadet colleges, national defense universities and other military schools of 14 countries including the U.S., Britain and Canada will carry out one-week competition on the drill ground with their Chinese counterparts.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PLA AIR FORCE (PLAAF): INTERNATIONAL AVIATION EXHIBITION
The 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition will be held from November 11, 2014 in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, where China's official media says the J-31 stealth fighter will also appear along with 130 other aircraft.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PLA NAVY (PLAN)
China's military media reported that a rescue team of the PLAN's North China Sea Fleet conducted a rescue drill from October 21-23, 2014, under "bad weather" conditions. A LR-7 type deep submergence rescue vessel successfully connected with a submarine 40 meters under the sea surface and transferred 8 submariners.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY
On October 24, 2014, China officially launched the new US$ 50 billion Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank which aims to finally challenge global financial institutions like the World Bank.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: DEATH PENALTY
The US-based Dui Hua Foundation in October 2014 published its estimates that China executed approximately 2,400 people in 2013 and will execute roughly the same number of people in 2014. It cited data from the official Chinese publication Southern Weekly as its source.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOURTH CCP CC PLENUM
On October 23, 2014, China's official news agency publicised the communique issued on October 23 on the closing day of the fourth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party of China.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on October 21, 2014 that China has installed 17 sets of submerged buoys in "key marine areas" of the western Pacific ocean.
CCAS
Oct 2014

HONGKONG: STUDENT'S DEMOCRACY PROTESTS
The Hong Kong government on October 21, 2014, held the first formal talks with student leaders speaking for sit-in protesters to find a peaceful way to end the Occupy Central movement which started on Sept. 28.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
According to a Reuters report, China's private equity firm Nepoch Capital has erased the name of He Jintao, a princeling and son of former veteran CCP leader and head of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission He Guoqiang, from documents it shows investors after he was questioned in connection with a corruption investigation.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLAN RECRUITMENT OF PILOTS
CCTV announced (Oct 21) that China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)'s 2015 pilot recruitment programme commenced recently with plans to recruit 5% more pilots next year. there is greater emphasis this time on the recruitment of ship-borne fighter-pilots.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: ANTI-CORRUPTION COOPERATION
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on October 20, that Australia's police has agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM: MILITARY EXCHANGE
Phung Quang Thanh, Deputy Secretary of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and Vietnam's Defense Minister, met Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister Chang Wanquan, on October 17, 2014 in Beijing.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: APEC
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on October 20, 2014, that Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting to be held in Beijing on Nov. 10 and 11.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: MILITARY EXERCISES
China's official media reported that ten soldiers each from the Australian Army and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) and five each from the US Army and US Marine Corps are taking part in the first joint military exercise staged in Australia from October 7-25, 2014.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Xinhua reported on October 17, 2014, that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has issued a revised regulation to expand the audit of military officers' spending.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOURTH PLENUM-MILITARY APPOINTMENTS
With the commencement of the 18th CCP CC's Fourth Plenum on October 22, 2014, in Beijing, there is widespread speculation that CCP CC General Secretary and PRC President Xi Jinping might get the plenum to approve new inductions in the Central Military Commission (CMC).
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-TAIWAN: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Chen Yeong-kang, chief of Taiwan's navy disclosed on October 16, 2014, that Taiwan is considering stationing 3,000-tonne naval frigates and coastguard cutters at Itu Aba, also known as Tai Ping, the only island in the Spratlys large enough to accommodate a port, which is currently under construction.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-UK: HONGKONG
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on October 15, 2014, at a regular press briefing urged Britain to immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-AFRICA: EBOLA DRUG
China's Sihuan Pharmaceutical, a private Chinese company whose founders are ex-PLA military doctors purchased the rights to commercialise jk-05 (an experimental anti-Ebola drug developed by the PLA) from a branch of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and has sent thousands of doses of to Africa.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROTESTS
China's official media reported on October 15, 2014, that eight people died in a clash between construction workers and villagers in Jinning county near Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PLA NAVY: SUBMARINE IN INDIAN OCEAN
In the weekly press briefing of China's Ministry of National Defence on September 30, 2014, PLA spokesman Colonel Geng Yansheng confirmed that a PLA Navy (PLAN) submarine was headed off the coast of Somalia to join anti-piracy operations.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-HONGKONG PROTESTS
A Commentary in the Party's official mouthpiece 'People's Daily', which was reproduced by the Xinhua news agency on October 14, 2014, asserted that democracy must be based on the rule of law and it should never be hijacked as an excuse for "unchecked behavior."
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: SECURITY COOPERATION
During his 5-day visit to Beijing from October 15, 2014, Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs, Bam Dev Gautam, will discuss cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of the two countries and other security related matters.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: SECRET CONTACTS
Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported on October 12, 2014, that Shotaro Yachi, Adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief of the newly established National Security Secretariat, attended the secret meeting between former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Chinese President Xi Jinping in China in July.
CCAS
Oct 2014

OFFICIAL CHINESE REPORTING ON INDIA-PAK BORDER FIRING
A carefully worded report in a despatch filed on October 11, 2014, by China's official news agency Xinhua, said "Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir".
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY
On October 11, 2014, a new comprehensive test ship "Li Siguang" (hull number 894) was commissioned at a naval port in Zhanjiang.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA TRAINING
The Liberation Army Daily on October 12, 2014, reported that the PLA's General Staff Headquarters had listed 40 problems with military training by its land, navy, air forces and artillery troops.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL; XI JINPING'S DIRECTIVE ON FRUGALITY
China's official media on October 9, 2014, publicised that President Xi Jinping's 15-month campaign on frugality and austerity yielded savings of US$ 8.6 billion in public spending.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG PRODUCTION AND CONSTRUCTION CORPS
On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, Chemng Jiazhu, Deputy Commander of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, said the Corps is altering its focus from frontier defense to maintaining social stability as China builds good relations with its neighbors to the west.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PLA: SALARY AND ALLOWANCES
With effect from October 1, 2014 China raised the PLA pensions for disabled soldiers, families of fallen soldiers and veterans of the Red Army.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY AND FOURTH PLENUM
The website of the CCP CC's official newspaper 'People's Daily' reported on October 7, 2014 that scholars at the Central Party School in Beijing recently raised 'eight ideological questions' which they consider are crucial to the direction of China’s development.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-GERMANY
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Berlin on October 9 for a three-day official visit to Germany at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-EU: MILITARY DIALOGUE
The European Union (EU) and China were to hold their first dialogue on Security and Defence in Beijing on October 9, 2014. This is the first such session to be held between the EU and China.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's Xinhua news agency reported on Oct 7, 2014, that Beijing had constructed a new runway for military aircraft on Woody Island, part of the Paracel chain.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY EXCHANGE
China and the U.S. have agreed to hold the 15th defense consultative talk in mid-October in the United States.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: ABE'S CONTACT WITH CHINESE DIGNITARY
On October 7, 2014, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Ms Li Xiaolin, the youngest daughter of former President Li Xiannian and childhood friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is Chairperson of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-PAKISTAN: NAVY EXERCISES
The 17th escort taskforce of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) arrived at Karachi on September 27, 2014 for a five-day-long goodwill visit to Pakistan. PLA Navy vessels included the Chinese guided missile destroyer "Changchun" and guided missile frigate "Changzhou" .
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INDIA: BORDER INTRUSION
At the routine weekly press conference of China's Ministry of National Defence held on September 25, 2014, the correspondent from PTI asked: You are aware there is a stand-off at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for the past three weeks or so, a little ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ETHNIC AFFAIRS
The CCP CC held a two-day (Sept 28-29, 2014) Ethnic Affairs Work Conference in Beijing, which was attended by all Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) members except Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli who was travelling abroad.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-TURKEY: NEW SILK ROAD
The People's Daily on September 24, 2014 under the heading 'China Railway connecting New Silk Road in Turkey'reported that the China Railway Construction has finished the second stage of the Ankara-Istanbul high-speed rail project in Turkey, which is also the first high-speed railway line in the country.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS OR 'UMBRELLA REVOLUTION
The protest demonstrations in Hongkong, with students and civil servants at the centre, dissipated by October 6, 2014 with most protesters returning to classes and work.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
A report posted on October 6, 2014 by the China Court Network, which reproduced it from the website of the Central Discipline and Inspection (CDIC), indicated that 6 units of the CCP CC newspaper People's Daily organization are under investigation for 'paid news,' eg, accepting payments to influence their coverage.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-HONGKONG: LEADERSHIP
A report in the US-based Chinese political news website Duowei stated that Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang has been ordered by Chinese President and Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping to remain on standby to handle the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INDIA: PRIME MINISTER MODI'S VISIT TO USA
China's official,authoritative news agency Xinhua on September 26, 2014, republished an article earlier published in its subsidiary publication 'Global Times' with the caption 'Modi's first visit to the United States accused of desire to seek participation "Asia-Pacific rebalancing".
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA: COVERAGE OF INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MODI'S VISIT TO USA
In a despatch on September 30, 2014, captioned 'Indian Prime Minister Modi's visit to US is to seek investment and cooperation in security strategy', the China International Broadcasting Network (CIBN) news agency said Indian Prime Minister Modi on September 29 begins a two day official state visit to the U.S. and will also visit White House.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-FRANCE: HUAWEI
On in a meeting between Ren Zhengfei, founder and head of Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications company linked to the PLA and Manuel Valls, the French Prime Minister, Huawei announced a 1.5 billion Euro investment in France which it said will create 2000 jobs.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: 18th CCP CC's PLENARY SESSION
The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on Tuesday announced that the fourth plenary session of the Party's 18th central committee will be held in Beijing from Oct 20-23, 2014.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-HONGKONG: PROTESTS
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and junior partner in Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government, was reported on October 1, 2014 as having said the previous day that he will summon China's Ambassador to London over the protests in Hong Kong.
CCAS
Oct 2014

CHINA-IRAN: NAVY EXCHANGE
ran's Press TV reported on September 20 that Chinese Navy ships docked in Iran's Bandar Abbas port for joint exercises for the first time ever.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US: SURVEILLANCE BY CHINESE NAVY
The US newspaper 'Stars and Stripes' reported on September 22 that a Chinese surveillance ship has been detected observing the Valiant Shield military exercise, since it began on September 15 in and around Guam, from within the United States’ exclusive economic zone.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: UNREST IN XINJIANG
The Xinjiang Communist Party Committee news website "www.ts.cn" disclosed that two people were killed and several more injured in at least three explosions in Luntai county, on the northern edge of the Taklamakan desert in central Xinjiang on September 21, 2014.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-IRAN: NAVY COOPERATION
PLA Navy warships for the first time docked in an Iranian port on September 20, 2014 as Beijing and Tehran prepared to conduct a series of joint naval drills.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA PROMOTIONS
Hongkong's South China Morning Post reported on September 22 that Chinese President Xi Jinping will promote two People's Liberation Army (PLA) Generals, closely associated with him. At least one will be appointed a Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) to head the PLA's anti-corruption body, the Discipline Inspection Commission.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US: SURVEILLANCE OF CHINA'S COASTLINE BY US
People’s Liberation Army Navy(PLAN) Commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, said at the 21st International Seapower Symposium in Newport, USA, that China would keep intercepting U.S. military surveillance planes that come close to its coast, but wanted to avoid a repeat of a collision that downed two jets 13 years ago, killing a Chinese pilot.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US-CUBA: TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPORT
US Intelligence officials of the U.S. Southern Command have revealed that two months ago Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company and global network equipment manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China, and with very close ties to China's People's Liberation Army(PLA), violated U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Cuba.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION
The central anti-corruption watchdog body of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) said on its website on September 17, that 48-year old Pan Yiyang, an Alternate Member of the CCP's 18th CC, Member of the Nei Mongol Communist Party's Standing Committee and Vice Governor of the Autonomous Region, is being probed on suspicion of violating discipline and law, an euphemism for graft.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
China's Ambassador to South Korea, Qiu Guohong, was quoted by Yonhap as saying at a forum in Seoul on September 18, that North Korean leader 31-year old Kim Jong-un could go to China on his first foreign trip since taking power.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ESPIONAGE
An Editorial in the Global Times, an official newspaper and affiliate of the CCP mouthpiece People's Daily, on September 18, 2014, demanded that if foreign media reports of the arrest last year of Ma Jisheng, till recently China's Ambassador to Iceland, for alleged leaking state secrets to Japan were true, then details of the arrest should be made public.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
Benjamin Bishop, a 60-year old civilian defense contractor working at the U.S. military's Pacific headquarters was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison by a Honolulu U.S. District Courton September 17, 2014, for divulging military secrets, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific, to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) has launched an operation called “Fox Hunt 2014”, to investigate allegedly corrupt officials who have absconded or sent relatives and assets abroad.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-SRI LANKA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
At the conclusion of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit (Sept 16-17, 2014) to Sri Lanka, a 25-article Joint Statement emphasising their strategic cooperative partnership.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INDIA: XI JINPING'S OP-ED IN HINDU
A 1003-word Op-Ed by Chinese President Xi Jinping was published in India's BusinessLine and Hindu newspapers on September 16.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ESPIONAGE
Chinese Ambassador Ma Jisheng was recalled to Beijing from Tokyo in January 2014.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: TERRORISM
Four ethnic Uyghurs, suspected to be Islamic militants, were arrested on September 13, 2014, in Central Sulawesi province, a major hotbed of militancy in Indonesia, over the weekend.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-MALDIVES: XI JNPING'S VISIT AND MARITIME SILK ROUTE
Xinhua quoted Ye Hailin of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences as saying that Maldives was "a key link of the Maritime Silk Road", and China planned to utilise its ports.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: CHINA TO MEND FENCES WITH NEIGHBOURS
The Tokyo-based 'Nihon Keizai Shimbun' assessed recently that China will try to mend 'broken relations' with its neighbors in the months prior to the APEC summit in Beijing in November.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CONSTRUCTION
A transparent sky-walk is currently under construction on the side of a mountain cliff 1,900 meters above sea level in Baoding, Hebei province.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-CORRUPTION
Writing in the latest issue of the authoritative Party journal 'Study Times', the Deputy Party Secretary of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, Qiu Xueqiang, rejected claims of a serious risk that 'tigers' may unite to resist the crackdown.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-MIGRATION OF WEALTHY CHINESE
A new survey by the Barclays Bank, which questioned more than 2,000 high net-worth individuals with more than US$1.5 billion in total net worth, found that 47% of the Chinese respondents said they want to move, compared with a global average of 29%.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: HOUSING IN BEIJING
A survey by the Beijing Police last year showed that there are 13.2 million units of houses, of which 3.8 million are confirmed vacant, in Beijing.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INDIA: CHINESE AMBASSADOR'S INTERVIEW TO CHINESE JOURNALISTS ON SEPT 19.
Chinese Ambassador to India Le Yucheng, "President Xi Jinping's visit to India will be a landmark." Chinese Ambassador to India on President Xi Jinping's visit to India accpeted an interview with Chinese media in India.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-NORWAY: RADAR AT SVALBARD
Norway as declined to allow China’s request to build a large radar antenna on Norway’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: MALAYSIA/US
The Wall Street Journal reported on September 12, 2014, that Malaysia has offered to host U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft at a base on the edge of a disputed part of the South China Sea.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ZHOU YONGKANG
After the brief announcement on 29 July 2014, by the Central Discipline Inspection (CDIC) that Zhou Yongkang is under investigation “on suspicion of grave violations of discipline,” reports circulating in Beijing claim that the exact circumstances in which Wang Shuhua, former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang's first wife, was killed are now being investigated.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION/SHANGHAI
Dai Haibo, the 52-year old head of Shanghai's Free-Trade Zone is expected to step down, which some observers say could adversely impact on the already struggling economic project ahead of its first anniversary.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL" PLA/CORRUPTION
Reliable reports suggest that the Director of the General Political Department (GPD) Security Department, Major General Yu Shanjun, is in trouble. He was one of three producers of the NDU program accusing the U.S. of subversion.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
The Supreme People's Procuratorate on September 11, instructed Chinese prosecutors, especially those in Xinjiang, to fast-track cases involving terrorists, religious extremists and manufacturers of firearms and explosives. Counterterrorism is to be a priority of prosecutors as part of tough measures against the "three evil forces" -- terrorism, separatism and extremism
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-SCO
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikstan, on September 11, 2014, for the 14th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State, which will discuss regional security and economic cooperation.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/BO XILAI AFFAIR
Ann Heywood, mother of Neil Heywood who was allegedly murdered by Bo Xilai's wife in November 2011, released the full text of a letter addressed to the Chinese Communist Party authorities, on September 11, 2014 through the Wall Street Journal.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-HONG KONG
A Reuters report of September 11, 2014, said that a meeting was hosted in Hongkong by the head of China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming on August 19, 2014.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
A recent Genron/China Daily survey found that 53 per cent of Chinese respondents – and 29 per cent of the Japanese polled – expect their nations to go to war.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INDIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
The Shanghai-based Gauncha business news service on September 11, 2014, disclosed the itinerary of Xi Jinping's visit to India. It said Xi Jinping will visit" Modi's hometown" and deliver a speech in New Delhi.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US: VISIT BY US NSA
US National Security Advisor Rice's meeting with Xi Jinping #2 item on CCTV Evening News on September 9, 2014.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-HONG KONG
On Aug. 31, the Standing Committee of China's National People’s Congress (NPC) voted on the method for selecting Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive in 2017.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INDIA: TIBET/DALAI LAMA
China's Observer network on september 9, 2014, described this as an "unlucky year" for the Dalai Lama. It observed that his visit to Mongolia was canceled; he was denied a to visit South Africa; and the invitation to visit Russia was also canceled by the Russian Foreign Minister.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-PLAAF TEST FLIGHTS ON LIAONING AIRCRAFT CARRIER
A little noticed report in China's official media disclosed on August 27, 2014, that at least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) pilots have died while testing the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark jet aircraft for operations on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (September 8, 2014) that Jun Xie, 41, a “Chinese engineer who worked in Waukesha for a subsidiary of GE Healthcare stole about 2.4 million files of trade secrets and other confidential company information and sent it to China, according to GE and the FBI.”
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM
Vietnam has taken possession of two of the state-of-the-art Kilo Class submarines from Russia and will get a third in November under a $2.6 billion deal agreed with Moscow in 2009.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-XI JINPING'S 4-NATION TOUR IN SEPTEMBER
The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang, on September 9, 2014, announced that on the invitation from the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon, President of the Republic of Maldives Abdulla Yameen, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa and the, President of the Republic of India Pranab Mukherjee , the Chinese President Xi Jinping will carry out a state visit to the four countries from 12 to 19 September, 2014.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The Nanfang-based Xinhua Daily, while reporting on the funeral of Cao Keming, former Secretary of the CCP CC's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) of the Jiangsu Provincial Committee, listed Hu Jintao's name behind those of the incumbent members of the CCP CC Political Bureau (PB). Since 2012, Hu Jintao's name has usually been listed after those of the incumbent Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC).
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CONTROLS TO PREVENT CORRUPT OFFICIALS FLEEING
China's official media, including the Beijing Youth Daily on August 28, 2014, reported that as part of continuing efforts to tighten controls on corrupt Chinese officials trying to flee abroad, Beijing recently issued rules requiring officials above division and bureau level to hand in their passports.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINESE MFA SPOKESPERSON'S COMMENT ON POSTPONEMENT
On September 7, 2014, the website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) reported the remarks of MFA spokesperson Qin Gang on the postponed of President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-PAKISTAN: POSTPONEMENT OF XI JINPING'S VISIT
The Hongkong-based private business information company Hexun.com assessed the reasons for postponement of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan, included in his itinerary for visits to Sri Lanka and India.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-TIBET: DALAI LAMA
The Dalai Lama told the German newspaper 'Welt am Sonntag' in Hamburg on September 8, 2014, that "the institution of the Dalai Lama has served its purpose".
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOODGRAIN PRODUCTION
Estimates are that China will have bumper grain crops for the 11th consecutive year.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The top ten research projects for 2014 announced by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) recently relate to the study of Xi Jinping's speeches including two on the China Dream.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: DEMOCRATIC REFORM
In a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 5, President Xi Jinping dismissed notions of Western-style political reform and underscored the importance of one-party rule.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-PAKISTAN
China is highly concerned about the current situation in Pakistan. As a friendly neighbor, we sincerely hope that all parties should keep in mind the national as well as the people's fundamental interests, properly resolve relevant issues through dialogue and consultation, and jointly safeguard the stability of the country.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-UK: HONG KONG
Qin Gang, spokesman of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in Beijing on September 3, 2014, that the NPC's Foreign Affairs Committee had written a letter two weeks ago to members of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Ottaway, advising them to "bear in mind the larger picture of China-UK relations".
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-US: CHINA-RUSSIA MILITARY COOPERATION
At a press conference with Australia's Defence Minister David Johnston and before a NATO Summit, US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel on September 4 remarked that Russia and China are trying to close the technology gap with the U.S. military and developing weapons systems that appear designed to counter traditional U.S. advantages.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
200 tourists sailed aboard the cruise ship 'Coconut Princess' on September 2, 2014, from Sanya port for the Xisha Islands, in south China's Hainan Province. Previously, in late 2009, the State Council announced that Hainan and the Xisha islands would be developed as a destination for international tourists. Sansha was designated a Prefecture in June 2012.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-PHILIPPINES: TERRORISM
Acting on a tip-off the Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation on September 1, arrested a group of 3 terrorists aged 43, 22 and 25 years led by a man named Grandeur Guerrero, as they were about to plant a petrol bomb in a toilet in the car park of Terminal 3 at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The men allegedly planned to place three other bombs in the toilets of the nearby Mall of Asia.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ZHOU YONGKANG
After Chinese authorities announced on July 29 -- just prior to the founding anniversary of the PLA -- that the case against former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang was in the ultimate stage of being finalised, the official Times Weekly reported on Sept. 2 that the authorities were in the process of verifying the precise amount that Zhou is suspected of embezzling.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INDIA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
The spokesmen of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Qin Gang, at the routine press conference said on September 1, 2014, that 'China and India are working to maintain close communication for the arrangements for President Xi Jinping's visit to India'.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: IDEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN UNIVERSITIES
The latest issue of the Communist Party theoretical journal, 'Qiushi', in an article entitled "How to carry out ideological work at universities under new historical conditions", disclosed that Peking University, Shanghai's Fudan University and Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University plan to strengthen ideological control over students and teachers.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/JIANG ZEMIN
China’s netizens promptly believed that the illustration referred to former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. One netizen said “this is a direct challenge to the old Jiang.” For years, Jiang Zemin has been referred to as a “toad” by Chinese netizens.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: RATIONALISATION OF SALARIES IN SoEs
China's official media reported on August 29, 2014, that senior executives at mainland state banks could face pay cuts in line with recent government reforms.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
On August 8, 2014, China’s official media published a report entitled “China University of Petroleum Deletes Zhou Yongkang Reports From Its Official Website”.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: INCENTIVES FOR INTER-RACIAL MARRIAGES IN XINJIANG
According to new rules that came into effect from August 21, 2014, Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region have announced a cash incentive of an annual payment of 10,000 yuan (U.S.$1,630) for five years for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA RESTRICTIONS
All China Journalists' Association in a new set of guidelines published by the state news agency 'Xinhua', ordered Chinese journalists to learn "Marxist news values" and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party.
CCAS
Sep 2014

CHINA-ZIMBABWE
The 90-year old President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, who has been one of Beijing’s staunchest allies in Africa was received in Beijing at the start of a 5-day (Aug 24-28, 2014) visit with full honours but left China on August 28, without the unconditional support he had sought.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA: MILITARY COOPERATION/SALES
Kremlin's Chief of Staff, Sergei Ivanov was quoted by the official 'Voice of Russia' as saying last month that the "The chances that China may be the first foreign buyer [of S-400s] are high." If approved this will be their third big arms deal since last year.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONGKONG
On Thursday while visiting Hong Kong, Dean of the Tsinghua University School of Law, Wang Zhenmin said in Hongkong on August 28, 2014, that China needs to protect the interests of the city’s pro-Beijing tycoons.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Wang Qishan, Chairman of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC), China's central watchdog anti-corruption body, attended the seventh meeting of the 12th CPPCC chaired by CPPCC Chairman Yu Zhengsheng which began in Beijing on Aug. 25, 2014.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-TIBET: TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
The Tibet Tourism Bureau has issued an 'emergency notice' imposing new restrictions on tour groups going to Tibet.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-OIL EXPLORATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
China needs to wield both the carrot and the stick in South China Sea oil development.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL SECURITY LAW
On August 25, 2014, the 12th National People's Congress Standing Committee in Beijing held its 10th meeting where a bill was submitted for a first reading proposing change of the name of the 'National Security Law' to the 'Counter-espionage Law'.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Cao Changqin, a retired senior official and former Director General of the Key Construction Project Supervision Office, NDRC was arrested at Beijing airport on August 24.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS
Beijing News reported that a violent clash erupted during a routine annual military training on August 24, 2014, at the Huangcang Middle School in Hunan Province.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-KUWAIT: OIL
The Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) will increase shipments to China by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil over the next three years.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY TALKS
The China-US military talks were originally agreed as an attempt to improve military ties, but observers say they could be overshadowed by mutual suspicion reflected in the close encounter on August 19 between a Chinese fighter jet and a US Navy surveillance plane in international airspace off Hainan.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: IMMIGRATION
Wealthy Chinese who migrate to the US under the EB-5 programme which grants visas to those investing US$ 500,000 or more in development projects will now have to wait.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-TAIWAN: AIR INTRUSION
On August 26, 2014, a Chinese Y-8 electronic surveillance aircraft intruded into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) four times that morning and was intercepted by Taiwanese fighter jets and escorted out of the zone each time.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-AUSTRALIA
Clive Palmer, leader of Australia's Palmer United Party, who described the Chinese government as "mongrels" and "bastards" and accused them of trying to take over Australia on the ABC's Q&A program, on Monday, the 19th August, apologized to China's Ambassador for his televised remarks the following day.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: LIKELY HIGH LEVEL CONTACT
Ms Li Xiaolin, the youngest daughter of former President Li Xiannian, is planning to visit Japan in mid-September when she could hold talks with senior Japanese officials.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: CHINESE RESPONSE
The Global Times pointed to the Chinese military's denial of the allegations and said this incident was directly caused by the massive US surveillance operations against China.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY
US Defence Department and Pentagon officials believe that the Chinese Air Force squadron responsible for the incident is the same unit that has been responsible for the series of incidents this year. They said that a Chinese PLAAF Wing Commander has repeatedly harassed U.S. military aircraft in the South China Sea.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY
Chinese fighter jet this week flew within 30 feet of a US Navy surveillance and reconnaissance P-8 Poseidon aircraft in international airspace just off the Chinese coast
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-PLA: HYPERSONIC VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT
Sources close to the PLA revealed that the PLA carried out a second, albeit unsuccessful, test of a hypersonic vehicle on August 7, 2014.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-CANADA: SUSPICION OF ESPIONAGE
The office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper banned reporters of China’s state-run Xinhua and People’s Daily news agencies from accompanying the Prime Minister on his ninth annual trip to the Arctic
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
Despite the Renminbi not yet qualifying for official (RMB) reserve currency status, Central banks have caught the renminbi fever, and are showing strong interest in investing part of their foreign-currency reserves in the Chinese currency
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT (SoE) REFORM
officials in charge of China's State-owned Enterprises (SoEs) face pay cuts of up to 50 per cent and new job descriptions
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA: MILITARY EXERCISES
Moscow is inviting Chinese fighter pilots to test their mettle against the best Russia has to offer
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-NORTH KOREA: BORDER MILITARY DEPLOYMENTS
North Korea has moved scores of tanks and armored vehicles to reinforce the 12th Corps, which was established in 2010, near the border with China in Ryanggang Province
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: TIBET/KATHMANDU AIR LINK
Himalaya Airlines, will commence operating services on the Kathmandu-Lhasa route from October 2014
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITY UNREST
Enwaer Tursun, Mayor of Kashgar,stressed that officials should "make Kashgar the frontier and main battlefield in counter-terrorism operations and efforts to maintain stability".
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: GOVERNMENT REFORM
President Xi Jinping announced plans to regulate the top salaries of executives in state-owned companies
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP-XI JINPING
Xi Jinping is assuming the historical mission of awakening China, opening the door on an new era that will belong to him
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-NORTH KOREA
The South Korean newspaper 'Chosun Ilbo' pointed to the apparently strained relations between China and North Korea following North Korea's third nuclear test last year
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US
China’s rejection of America’s call for a construction freeze in the South China Sea (proposed by the US on July 12) reinforced worldwide impressions that the PRC is assertive and the U.S
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-TIBET
China organised its first-ever large-scale international conference called the "2014 Forum on the Development of Tibet’" in Lhasa on August 12-13, 2014
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-CAMBODIA: RICE IMPORTS
The Chinese government-run China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) was to formally sign an agreement on August 12, 2014, to import 100,000 tonnes of rice from Cambodia
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Preparations to commemorate Deng Xiaoping's 110th birth anniversary on August 22, 2014, have begun in China
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
The CCP CC's 4th Plenum is to be held in October
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: EXTREMIST ISLAMIST THREAT TO CHINA FROM ISIS
Hongkong-based Chinese weekly magazine 'Phoenix Weekly' on August 8 publicised revenge threats issued by the extremist Islamist organisation, ISIS, against China as its cover story
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: BEIJING CITY SECURITY AND CLEAN UP
As Beijing hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)’s third senior officials’ meeting until August 21 and the APEC Summit in November, the Beijing City authorities have ordered 70 per cent of its government cars off the roads during the current meeting
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-TIBET: EXTERNAL PUBLICITY
Addressing the opening ceremony of the two-day forum on the development of Tibet, Losang Jamcan, Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) government said that 'Leap-frog development is the basis for and key to solve all problems Tibet' and that the region' s sustainable development is at the core
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
General Guo Boxiong, a former Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/XI JINPING
In its new App (available on Android etc), Xi Jinping's "three big contributions since taking office namely, iron-fisted corruption crackdown is winning peoples' hearts
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY
The PLA's General Political Department has issued a circular urging officers and soldiers to stand united behind the leadership of President Xi Jinping
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China-US Focus on August 11, 2014 published an article on the situation in the South China Sea by Zhai Kun
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-TIBET FORUM
The Information Office of China' s State Council and the TAR government jointly sponsored a two-day (August 12-13, 2014) 'Tibet Forum for Development' in Lhasa
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: US/ANTI-CORRUPTION
more than 150 people from China who are suspected of economic crimes and are officials facing corruption charges at home, are at large in the U.S
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
Chen Tong , an Associate Professor of Electronic Information Engineering at Southwest University in Chongqing,developing a potential tool for security forces to spot would-be suicide bombers
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-MILITARY: US/MISSILES
A Chinese government environmental monitoring centre in Shaanxi in June accidently reported the development of the DF-41, long-range missile capable of hitting anywhere in the US
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROL
The State Internet Information Office (SIIO) passed the new rule on August 7, 2014, that regulates the instant messaging on-line activities of China's 5.8 million public accounts
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL:LEADERSHIP/DENG XIAOPING
CCTV began telecasting a 48-episode CCTV teleseries on Deng Xiaoping
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
Senior and veteran Chinese Communist Party leaders will be gathering this week for their traditional meeting at the seaside resort of Beidaihe
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ECONOMY/CORRUPTION
Global Financial Integrity, a non-profit group that traces illicit flows of capital, said recently that US$1.06-trillion left China between 2002 and 2011 despite tough currency controls
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: ABE-XI JINPING SUMMIT?
Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported on August that there are signs of a possible Summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) Meeting this November
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: ECONOMY
The World Trade Organization on August 7, 2014, confirmed its ruling that China had violated global trade rules by restricting exports of rare earths, used in hi-tech goods like mobile phones and televisions
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA--PROPAGANDA: CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES
Vice Minister Xu Lin, Director-General of Confucius Institute Headquarters decided that some of the professors' published abstracts "were contrary to Chinese regulations."
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-UK: PENALTY FOR 'STEALING STATE SECRETS
Peter Humphrey and his wife 61-year old Yu Yingzeng to two-and-a-half years and two years respectively for illegally obtaining private information on Chinese citizens
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
Peter Hahn, a naturalised US citizen and Korean-American who runs a Christian non-profit organisation in the Chinese city Tumen on the border with North Korea, is being investigated by Chinese authorities
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY EXERCISES
Chinese and U.S. Navy officials met on August 6 aboard the 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge to discuss a joint search-and-rescue exercise that could take place within the next couple of weeks
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION
Greenpeace published the results of its detailed study of coal development in China prepared after its investigators made 7 separate trips
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: UYGHUR UNREST
Kashgar officials have upgraded the neighbourhood watch system and recruited entire households to monitor their blocks
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-PHILIPPINES
The Palawan regional court of the Philippines on August 5, 2014, sentenced 12 Chinese fishermen who strayed into the Tubbataha protected area in southwestern Philippines -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- in April last year
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
Japanese investment in China has dropped
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY EXCHANGES
Commander of the US 7th Fleet and his flagship, USS Blue Ridge, are visiting the PLA Navy base
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
China will construct a "Chinese Christian theology" suitable for the country
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MINORITY POLICIES
Southern Xinjiang will “implement family planning policy equally on all ethnic groups, to lower and stabilize an appropriate birth rate.”
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: UYGHUR EXILES
Ms Rebiya Kadeer, the exiled President of the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC), recently claimed that at least 2,000 ethnic minority Uyghurs may have been killed by Chinese security forces following riots in Yarkand
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
According to Li Weidong, the ultimate goal of Xi Jinping's campaign is to stamp out the influence of all party elders so as to become a real dictator in China
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Inscription by former CCP CC General Secretary Jiang Zemin on a PLA Hospital in Beijing has been removed
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-CANADA-NORTH KOREA: ESPIONAGE
China's official news agency Xinhua, on August 5, 2014, reported that the State Security Bureau of Dandong city in Liaoning province was investigating two Canadian nationals, Kevin Garratt and Julia Dawn Garratt, on charges of stealing state secrets
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-MILITARY: PLA/MISSILE TEST
US defense experts and the US State Department are describing China’s successful July 23 so-called “anti-missile test” as another anti-satellite test (ASAT)
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
The CCP CC's Propaganda Department has instructed China's official media to play down the report published on August 5, 2014, by a city newspaper 'The Karamay Daily' about a ban on what bus passengers wear
CCAS
Aug 2014

XI JINPING AND THE ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
China's President Xi JInping told top officials he was disregarding “life, death and reputation” to fight corruption
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
In a statement issued on August 6, 2014, the Central Discipline Inspection Commission(CDIC) announced that Shen Peiping, former Vice Governor of Yunnan province, was expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office for graft probe.
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY MODERNISATION/NDU REPORT
The Center for Economic Research of China's prestigious National Defence University published a 6-part 'Chinese Military and Civilian Integration Development Report, 2014', which was revealed by Chinese state media outlets on 25 July
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: UIGHUR UNREST/ILHAM TOHTI
Authorities of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region have formally charged Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
General Liu Yuan, the eldest son of late President Liu Shaoqi, is likely to be appointed to the Central Military Commission (CMC) during the Fourth Plenary meeting of the Chinese Communist Party’s elite 205-member Central Committee in October
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: HUKOU REFORM
China's household registration, or 'hukou' system, is being reformed
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION/ZHOU YONGKANG
Zhou Yongkang’s son, Zhou Bin, has also been detained as have other members of Zhou Yongkang’s extended family
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: US/JAPAN
US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced on July 28, that the US Navy plans to deploy new stealth destroyers, littoral combat ships (LCS) and an amphibious ready group to the Pacific
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: JAPAN
On July 31, Japan named five uninhabited islands and added them to a disputed chain of 158 uninhabited islands in the East China Sea
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: THAILAND
Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), headed by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha, has approved a $23 billion (£13.6bn) transport project that will see two high-speed railways link up directly with China by 2021
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: MYANMAR/INDIA
Eight Chinese nationals have been sentenced by a court in Myanmar to lengthy prison terms for transporting an arsenal of firearms and hand grenades while they lived in the country illegally
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: VIOLENCE IN XINJIANG
74-year old Jume Tahir (also spelt Juma Tayir), the Imam at China's largest mosque, Id Kah, in the Silk Road city of Kashgar, was killed on July 30, by three suspected Islamist militants armed with knives
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL:EDUCATION
China's Ministry of Education is revising the code of behaviour for primary and middle school students and has sought feedback from the public till August 20 on the new draft provisions
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ZHOU YONGKANG
The investigation into Zhou Yongkang as one of the "biggest tests" of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since the commencement of reforms and opening up reports the People's Daily
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION
A team of CCP's Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) officials had arrived in Shanghai and would be there till the end of September to 'promote party discipline and clean government'
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: FOURTH CC PLENUM
CCP CC's Fourth Plenum will be held in October, 2014
CCAS
Aug 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Li Zhanshu (a confidant of Xi Jinping) is also concurrently the Director of CCP Central National Security Commission(NSC) Staff Office, and manages the external affairs relating to national security
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Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA NAVY
China's Central Military Commission (CMC) has established the Inter-MR East China Sea Joint Warfare Command Center to coordinate and direct the air force and naval units of all the Military Regions, in order to have a more effective surveillance over the East China Sea ADIZ and possible Japanese provocations
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
The 120th anniversary of the first Sino-Japanese war on July 25, 2014, according to analysts, attracted more media interest than in past years possibly because of the current strained ties between the two countries and Beijing's push to modernise its military
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL
Han Qingxiang, a Professor with the Central Party School, in an article published by People's Daily warned that the Party is facing multiple challenges originating both, within China and overseas
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA/CORRUPTION
China's official news agency Xinhua reported on July 27, that PLA officers have been instructed to return non-essential public housing after an investigation found "irregularities".
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY/MISSILE TEST
China's Ministry's of National Defense announced on its website that the tests of its missile interception system on July 23, had "achieved the preset goal."
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY EXERCISES
China's Ministry of National Defense announced on July 29, 2014, that a military exercise will be conducted off China's southeast coast in the East China Sea starting July 29
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-DPRK
No reports have been noticed of China sending a high-level delegation to North Korea for the 61st anniversary celebrations of the Korean War Victory Day
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
Japanese representative of Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, Sakuragi, has been charged with drug trafficking in Guangzhou
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-RUSSIA: GALLUP POLL ON PUBLIC PERCEPTION
Russian attitudes towards China's leaders have changed dramatically in the past year rising from 25% approving China's leadership in 2013, to a current approval rating of 42%.
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/CORRUPTION
Investigations have begun into former PBSC member and Security Chief 71-year old Zhou Yongkang, for suspected "serious disciplinary violations"
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: MARITIME POWER
A full-scale 80-meter-long replica of the warship 'Zhiyuan', that was sunk during a naval confrontation of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), is under construction at a cost of 37 million Yuan (RMB-- US$ 6 million) in the city of Dandong, Liaoning province, on the coast of the Yellow Sea, which faces the western coast of the Korean Peninsula

Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY
PLA installs a communications atop Hong Kong's tallest mountain

Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION
China's Supreme People's Procuratorate has set up a Leading Work Group to go after officials who have fled overseas
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
In his first 18 months in power, Xi Jinpings name has been mentioned in 4,186 articles in the first eight pages of the Peoples Daily
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-MILITARY MAPS
Distribution of a total of over 15 million new-version paper-made battle maps to the troop units under the Lanzhou MAC has been completed
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: ESPIONAGE
Cai Bo, a 28-year-old employee of a Chinese technology firm accused of trying to illegally export sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the US Department of Defense
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-TIBET: EXTENSION OF RAILWAY FROM LHASA TO SHIGATSE
China plans to extend a railway line linking Tibet with the rest of the country to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan by 2020
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: HEALTH EPIDEMIC
China's official state-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) reported on July 21, 2014, that Yumen city in China's north-western Gansu province had been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: TIGHTENING PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Dong Rubin, a businessman and blogger with 50,000 followers online convicted for fabricating and spreading online rumors for economic gain and of conducting illegal business operations.
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
A prominent Chinese journalist, Song Zhibiao, was compelled to terminate his contract with 'China Fortune'
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: NAVAL TIES
PLA Navy Chief, Admiral Wu Shengli last week requested the visiting US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan W Greenert, to bring the US aircraft carrier USS George Washington, which is based in Japan, to a port in China and allow the crew of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning to take a tour
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: MILITARY/SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's Ministry of Defense issued a statement on July 21, asserting that The Peoples Liberation Army naval ships operation in waters outside the territorial seas of other countries is in line with international law and international practice.
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION
Clashes have been reported between protesters and police in Pingyang County of Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-DPRK (NORTH KOREA)
South Korean newspapers reported that North Korea's relations with China, its sole ally and benefactor, appear to be going rapidly downhill
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL/POLITICAL: MONGOLIA
Senior leaders of the CCP have been noticed visiting the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region often in recent weeks
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
The CCP CC's Organisation Department confirmed removal of Han Xiancong, Vice Chairman of the Anhui Provincial Committee
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MILITARY EXERCISES
Flight delays at 12 airports and will last over 26 days due to PLA's military exercises
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: PRINCELINGS
In September 2012, the Alibaba Group announced that it had concluded a US$ 7.6 billion deal -- described as the largest private financing deal in the history of China -- to buy back half of Yahoo's stake in it
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: RMB SWAP CENTRES
China and Switzerland's central banks concluded a bilateral currency swap agreement in Beijing on July 21, 2014, that advances the international use of the renminbi and boosts Switzerlands hopes of becoming a trading hub for the Chinese currency
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: EDUCATION
In the last few days a statement is being circulated by the faculty in Beida opposing the Yanjing Academy, which is a new concept being promoted by the authorities
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA PROMOTIONS
China yesterday (July 21) announced the promotion of a number of officers to the rank of Major General and above
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Albert Del Rosario, Secretary of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) visited Jakarta on July 15 and met Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. R.M. Marty Natalegawa where the two discussed Chinas aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN MILITARY
Song Zuying, who was promoted to the rank of non-combatant Rear Admiral in 2009, is reported to be under investigation for misappropriation of funds
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
Banri Kaieda, the DPJ president and head of Japan's main opposition party, arrived in China on July 15, 2014, but was received the following day only by Liu Yunshan, the fifth-ranking Politburo Standing Committee member
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL & GAS
Sinopec announces that the PRC Ministry of Land and Resources had verified proven reserves of nearly 107 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the Fuling shale gas field in Chongqing Municipality
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: HONG KONG's ELEVATED SECURITY
Chairman of Hong Kong's Legislative Council Committee, Andrew, said the Government had suddenly announced on July 17, 2014, that the former East Wing, Central Government Offices ground (also known as the Citizens' Square) would be fenced
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-LEADERSHIP
74-year old Jia Qinglin, former Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and then the fourth-ranked Communist Party official when he retired last year, made a public appearance on July 16 in his native Hebei province in what is widely viewed as an attempt to dismiss a rumour that he has been under detention

Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLA 'LIVE FIRE' EXERCISES
Chinese analysts following the recently announced ongoing 'live fire' exercises have observed on a blog site that the exercises have been going on for several weeks
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL:CCP DISCIPLINE
The Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) has stepped-up a campaign against so-called naked officials (a term used to describe Communist Party cadres who live in the mainland while their spouses and children stay abroad)
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PHILANTHROPY
The Chinese real estate company SOHO China is setting up a $100 million endowment to send underprivileged Chinese children to elite universities around the world
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: POPULAR PROTEST
The "Nanfang Dushi Bao" reported on July 16, 2014, that a group of 7 petitioners (5 men and 2 women) committed mass suicide, outside the gates of the China Youth Daily newspaper in Hutong
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-PLA: 'LIVE-FIRE' EXERCISES
Xinhua announced on July 15, that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) kicked off live-fire military training sessions for its ground forces that day
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: NAVY EXCHANGE
PLA Navy Chief, Admiral Wu Shengli welcomed Admiral Jonathan Greenert, US Chief of Naval Operations, on July 15, 2014, with a red-carpet ceremony and an honour guard at his headquarters in Beijing
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: PEW PUBLIC PERCEPTION
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center released on July 15, perceptions of Americans of China continued to slightly lose ground in the past year.Chinas favorable rating slipped from 37 percent to 35 percent, showing a deepening skepticism in the United States toward the country
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-BRICS BANK
A press release issued at the BRICS conference says "the Bank shall have an initial authorized capital of US$ 100 billion
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM: MARITIME DISPUTE
US$ 1 billion oil rig that was deployed two months ago in waters claimed by Vietnam has completed drilling operations
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Leading Party officials in the Guangzhou and Chengdu military commands inspected
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's second-quarter gross domestic product grew 7.5% from a year earlier, compared with 7.4% growth in the first quarter, which was the slowest pace in 18 months
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-GERMANY
German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her 3-day trip to China -- her seventh as Chancellor -- on July 7, 2014, signed a number of trade and investment agreements, including for the establishment of two new Volkswagen factories and the sale of 123 Airbus helicopters
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: HI-TECH CYBER THEFT AND INDIAN DATA
The arrest of Chinese national and businessman, Su Bin, by the US is the first time that the FBI has issued a warrant against a foreigner charged with an act of cyber espionage via a network attack that has till now been attributed solely to state actors like the PLA
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met German Chancellor Angela Merkel
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: LEADERSHIP MEETING ON SIDELINES OF APEC
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing this November would provide a "natural" environment for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet on the sidelines
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-NEPAL: TIBETAN AFFAIRS
Nepal's Embassy in New Delhi withdrew a 'No Objection' letter issued by it permitting the body of the 14th Shamar Rimpoche, a high-ranking monk of the Karma Kagyu sect, to be brought to Nepal from India for the last rites
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: ENERGY
Chinese demand for oil will increase by 440,000 barrels a day in 2015
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: STUDENT UNREST
Plans to establish a Rhodes Scholarship type of in-residence elite academy called the Yenching Academy in the prestigious Peking University, is being opposed by students and faculty
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
Guo Boxiong, a former top military commander, and Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) from 2002 to 2012, have almost been completed and he will be arrested soon
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: CYBER HACKING
Chinese hackers had broken into the computer networks and databases of the US Office of Personnel Management in March this year
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: OIL AND GAS
Shipping companies in China and Japan have said they will start a regular service to carry Siberian natural gas across the Arctic Ocean to East Asia
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: ALLEGED ILLEGAL LAUNDERING BY CHINESE GOVERNMENT BANKS
China Citic Bank, which is directly controlled by the PRC State Council, also facilitated the movement of currency overseas
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Chinese journalists not to pass on any information obtained in the course of their work to any foreign media groups or to domestic media where they are not employed
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-PLA: ANTI-CORRUPTION
The US-based Duowei news service reported on July 9, 2014, that a total of eight PLA Major Generals are involved in the corruption cases relating to CMC Vice Chairman Xu Caihou and Deputy Director of the PLA's General Logistics Department (GLD) Maj Gen Gu Junshang
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-TIBET: STRATEGIC RAILWAY
Lhasa Shigatse railway is expected to be put into operation in August 2014
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA
Global Times, an official subsidiary of the Party mouthpiece 'People's Daily' on July 9, 2014, criticised critics of the country's political system who, it said, mainly populate the internet.
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PROPAGANDA CONTROLS
Murong Xuecun, a New York Times columnist and one of China's best novelists and prominent bloggers, was taken away by Beijing police
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-LATIN AMERICA: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: XINJIANG AND 'TERRORISM'
Xinhua re-published an article, which named a few western media and stated that they assisted the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, spread rumors, and ultimately promoted violent ideology in China
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM
China's authoritative official news agency Xinhua, reported on recent comments by Vietnam's three top leaders
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL
Tibetan activist Woeser said she and her husband Wang Lixiong were kept under house arrest for two days
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM
Vietnam's Thanh Nien News reported on July 3, 2014 that after China despatched a mobile drilling rig in Vietnams continent shelf and exclusive economic zone, which escalated tensions, the US has dispatched aircraft to the region at least twice in the past several days
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-US: DENIAL OF VISA
Tibetologist Elliot Sperling (Elliot Shi Boling) and author of "The China-Tibet Conflict: History and Polemics," was denied entry to China at Beijing Airport
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: BANKING
China has permitted banks to freely set their own exchange rates for the renminbi against the dollar in over-the-counter transactions, describing it as another step toward freeing the exchange rate from government control
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY: SWITZERLAND/FTA
China and Switzerland on July 1, 2014, signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: ANNIVERSARY OF ANTI-JAPAN WAR
77th anniversary of the Anti-Japan War
CCAS
Jul 2014

Panchen Lama Attends Religious Activities in Tibet
The 11th Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu visited monasteries in Jokhang and Sera in Lhasa, TAR on 2 -4th of July
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ROK: XI JINPING'S VISIT
Xi Jinping's two-day Summit visit to Seoul marked his fifth meeting with his South Korean counter-part and appeared to hint at a subtle shift in Sino-North Korea relations
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: TERRITORIAL CLAIMS
Chinese Youth League (CYL) has on July 3, 2014, published a half-page advertisement by a South Korean civic group publicising Koreas prefered name for its disputed waters with Japan
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-STRATEGY ON TERRITORIAL DISPUTES
Shi Yinhong, Professor of International Relations at People's University in Beijing, said recently that China blames the United States for causing trouble with its neighbours in order to try to "contain" China's rise
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-HONGKONG PROTESTS
Radio Hongkong (RTHK) reported the claim made by the Civil Human Rights Group, which organized the July 1 march, on July 4, that at least five of its members have been arrested
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Guangzhou Party Secretary Wan Qingliang was charged with corruption
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Zhang Haipeng, CEO of China Resources Medication Group (CRM), a pioneer in China's experiments in public hospital investment, has resigned amid an anti-corruption storm at its parent company
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
Jia Kang, head of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science of China's Ministry of Finance (MOF), wrote that the prices for coal, electricity and other resources in China are expected to rise as a result of the upcoming reform of the resource tax
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA: SUMMIT
Chinas President Xi Jinping and South Korean leader, Park Geun-hye, issued a joint statement that sought to smooth over differences in approach toward the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/ANTI-CORRUPTION
Hong Kong's 'Ming Pao' daily said on July 3, that action against former Politburo Standing Committee member and China's Security Czar, Zhou Yongkang, is imminient and sentencing is likely within the next few days
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
Reports suggest that Shanghai is competing to be the venue of the headquarters for the new BRICS Development Bank
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA & PUBLIC ATTITUDES
Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to arrive in Seoul on July 3, 2014, at the start of a two-day visit that is described as "significant" and expected to raise the relationship from "a strategic cooperative partnership to a comprehensive level"
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN/PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, at the daily press briefing on June 30, 2014, accused Japan and the Philippines of infringing on other countries' interests under the pretext of rule of law
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY:TECHNOLOGY
A Chinese company has become the first to construct multiple buildings using 3D printers that extrude recycled building materials at breakneck speed
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: RELIGION--BAN ON FASTING DURING RAMADAN
Chinese government websites announced on July 2, 2014, that fasting by civil servants, students and teachers during Ramadan has been banned
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-UK: OIL AND GAS
British oil major BP PLC signed a deal worth around $20 billion to supply China National Offshore Oil Corp. with liquefied natural gas cargos
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
The CCP mouthpiece People's Daily and Liberation Army Daily in a front-page editorial expressed the support of the entire Party and PLA to the Politburo's decsion to expel former Central Military Commission (CMC) Vice Chairman 70-year old Xu Caihou
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: BORDER SECURITY
Xi Jinping emphasized that the top priority is defending the country's sovereignty and security
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: JAPAN'S NEW POLICY OF 'COLLECTIVE SELF DEFENCE'
Japan's cabinet has approved a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas, by reinterpreting the law instead of amending the Constitution. The reinterpretation now allows Japan to resort to "collective self-defence"
CCAS
Jul 2014

Leaders of National Development and Reform Commission of China
Names of all the members of NDRC
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-TAIWAN
Zhang Zhijun, head of Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office and the first Ministerial level official from the People's Republic of China to visit Taiwan in 65 years, had to cancel three public appearances on Saturday after violent protests against his trip
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-EXTERNAL: CARTOGRAPHIC AGGRESSION
Chinese authorities published a new map showing all of Beijing's territorial claims
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's state development banks provided upwards of $140 billion to help Chinese firms go abroad
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/CORRUPTION
Party membership of General Xu Caihou, former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, revoked for "suspected crimes of taking bribery
CCAS
Jul 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
China under the category 'High Warning'
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-S&T: SUPER COMPUTER
Concerns were voiced regarding China's 'Tianhe-2' billion-yuan supercomputer, reputed to be the most powerful in the world
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: LI PENG'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Former retired Premier 85-year old Li Peng, who played a key role in the crackdown of the Tiananmen Square protest 25 years ago, published his official 490,000-word memoir yesterday
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-LEADERSHIP: PUBLICITY OF XI JINPING
CCP CC's Propaganda Department recently published a compilation of Xi Jinping's speeches
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP/CORRUPTION
Guangzhou Province Party Secretary Wan Qingliang has been dismissed from his post following an investigation for corruption
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE AND TIBET
More than 50 invited guests attended a seminar on Tibet hosted by the Confucius Institute in Auckland on June 24, 2014
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-JAPAN
In the first official bilateral contact since Shinzo Abe took over as Prime Minister of Japan in December 2012, the former leader of the New Komeito Party and Japan's Transport Minister, Akihiro Ota, arrived in Beijing on June 27, 2014, and met Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-IRAQ: TRAPPED CHINESE LABOUR
An estimated 10,000 Chinese workers who traveled to Iraq in recent years, mostly on contract to Chinese oil companies, are still in Iraq
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-ISRAEL: PAKISTAN-TERRORISM
Chinese delegation arrived at the beginning of this week to take part in a symposium organized jointly by JCPA and the Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership (SIGNAL), and to discuss joint Israeli-Chinese interests in the Middle East
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: TERRORISM
China has released a 23-minute film showing live footage of the terrorist attacks
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) announced on June 26, 2014, that 1948-born Su Rong, a Vice Chairman of its National Committee, had been dismissed on charges of corruption
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN IN PLA
Two Major Generals in the PLA with connections to Sichuan province have been detained as part of a corruption investigation
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CLAIM ON SOUTH CHINA SEA
China has published its first official vertical national map incorporating the vast South China Sea
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-US: PLA NAVY
PLAAF had 280 drone units or 7000 drones operational by 2003
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: PLAAF
President Xi Jinping stressed the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s "absolute leadership" of the PLA Air Force at the 12th Air Force Party Congress on June 17, 2014, in Beijing
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-US: HUMAN RIGHTS
The US House Appropriations Committee voted on June 24, 2014, to rename the stretch of road in front of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Washington DC as the Liu Xiaobo Plaza
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-ASEAN: MARITIME TERRITORIAL DISPUTES
China and Asean will be meeting for the 11th time at the two-day (June 24-25, 2014) meeting that started in Bali, Indonesia, to negotiate a binding set of rules governing engagements in the contested maritime areas
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL:ECONOMY
Li Yining, a member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), had on June 23 refuted the notion that China's economy is in decline
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Deng Xiaoping's only grandson 28-year old Deng Zhuodi, has recently been appointed Party Secretary of Pingguo County xin'anzhen
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: NUCLEAR POWER
China General Nuclear Power Corp., a state enterprise, will soon complete and operate a US$ 8.3 billion generating station with two 1,750 megawatt reactors developed by Areva, the French company, in Taishan, in Chinas Guangdong province and approx. 80 miles west of Hong Kong
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: EDUCATION
The country's leadership has begun promoting vocational schools
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
Ling Zhengce is being investigated for serious crimes and breaches of Communist party discipline.
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
13 armed assailants who attacked an office of the Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region Public Security in the Kashgar area
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-EXPLORATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA
Beijing has sent four oil rigs into the South China Sea, suggesting that China is stepping up exploration for oil and gas in the region and less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Chinas Maritime Safety Administration, the second rig will be towed between June 18 and June 20 and is currently 104 nautical miles northeast of Da Nang (Vietnam's central hub) and 60 nautical miles from Chinas Hainan Island
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW AND ORDER
Zhang Wei, a Tibetan who was Vice Director of the Stability Maintenance Office was shot and killed on June 14, as he was returning from policing the lucrative harvest of caterpillar fungus used in Chinese medicine
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-US: CYBER HACKING
A new PLA Unit involved in cyber-espionage
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-UK: TIBET
Britain states, as a long-term policy, that Tibet is a part of China and that it does not support "Tibet independence"
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-IRAQ: OIL COMPANY WORKERS
China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) has evacuated some employees from its al-Ahdab oil field, which is 180 kilometers from Baghdad
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA- ECONOMY
Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States rose 144 percent in the first five months of this year to US $2.03 billion
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-MILITARY: ARCTIC
The Defence Policy Research Centre of China's Academy of Military Sciences (AMS) on June 18, 2014, made special mention of the Arctic in one entire chapter of an annual strategic assessment
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-TIBET: GLOBAL WARMING
Geographical conditions in the world's highest Qinghai-Tibet Plateau are significantly affected by global warming
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: MEDIA
New rules for Chinese journalists in what it described as a 'bid to crack down on false news and journalists who take bribes or extort money from their sources'.
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Zeng Wei and Jiang Mei bought a 106-year old home in 2008 called Craig-y-Mor in Sydney valued at 32.4?million Australian dollars (about US$30?million)
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-GERMANY: TELECOMMUNICATIONS/CYBER ESPIONAGE
German security firm finds malicious code hidden deep in the propriety software of the Chinese-made smart phone 'Star N9500'
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGN
President Xi Jinping has asked his immediate family to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in investments to reduce his own political vulnerability
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
Three knife-wielding individuals attacked a group of civilians
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-MILITARY
Enlisting more high-quality soldiers is extremely important to building a strong and capable military
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-DENMARK: ONE CHINA POLICY
Taiwan is a part of China
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-UK
Li Keqiang is scheduled to meet the British Queen during his visit to UK
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: CORRUPTION
More than US$1 billion was misappropriated in less than four months last year while constructing and running portions of a major electricity grid system
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL/POLITICAL: CASS
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)faces four ideological problems
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
CCP CC General Secretary Xi Jinping had presided over a meeting of the Leading Group of Financial and Economic Affairs
CCAS
Jun 2014

Concerns Rise Over China's Detention of Uighur Scholar
Concerns about the prolonged detention in China of prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti are rising
CCAS
Jun 2014

13 executed over terror attacks, violent crimes in Xinjiang
Thirteen people were executed on Monday for terrorist attacks and violent crimes in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region
CCAS
Jun 2014

PLA eases standards for recruitment
The Chinese military has relaxed its physical standards for new recruits in an effort to attract more young people with higher education backgrounds
CCAS
Jun 2014

Chinese premier arrives in Britain for official visit
Cooperation deals worth 30 billion U.S. dollars expected to be signed
CCAS
Jun 2014

Anti-decadence Campaign
Disciplinary inspections reveal problems
CCAS
Jun 2014

South China knife attack
Seven injured in the attack
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-UK: LEADERSHIP
The Chong Hua Foundation in January 2012 donated 3.7?million to Cambridge University to endow a professorship for Chinese development studies
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-US: NAVY 'RIMPAC 2014' EXERCISES
Chinese Navy taking part in RIMPAC for the first time
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-US: CYBER HACKING
A 60 page report which provides evidence of a Chinese cyber espionage unit, PutterPanda released
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-TIBETANS IN EXILE
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei criticized the remarks of Lobsang Sangay, the "prime minister" of the "Tibetan government in exile"
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
A woman arrested for posting an article on Twitter that teaches how to use a pseudo base station to send illegal information.
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM
CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT (JUNE 8, 2014) ON SOUTH CHINA SEA
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-ECONOMY
China's gross domestic product growth has fallen below its target of 7.5% for the year
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LAW & ORDER/TERRORISM
An explosion occurred in 'Dicos' a fast-food restaurant in central Anda city, Heilongjiang province
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
PLA Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. General Wang Guanzhong's Comments at Shangri-La Dialogue
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-MYANMAR
Ground surveys for construction of the railway, linking Kunming in China with the Kyaukphyu port township in Myanmar's Rakhine State through the border town of Muse in Shan State, has begun
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-SOUTH KOREA-PHILIPPINES: SOUTH CHINA SEA
South Korea has decided to donate a corvette warship to the Philippine Navy
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-MILITARY: SOUTH CHINA SEA
China plans to expand its biggest installation on the disputed Fiery Cross Reef (known as Yongshu in China, Kagitingan in the Philippines and Da Chu Thap in Vietnam) in the Spratly Islands, into a fully formed 44 square kilometers artificial island
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-AUSTRALIA: DISSIDENTS
52-year old Australian artist Guo Jian has been instructed by Chinese authorities to "depart China" after serving a 15 day "administrative detention"
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: UYGHUR MINORITIES
New directive had been issued on May 31, 2014 instructing all State enterprises in Xinjiang to hire at least 70 per cent of new staff locally
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: SECURITY
Opening of the annual 'Shanghai International Exhibition on Public Security and Safety' coincided this year with the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident in June 1989
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL:ENVIRONMENT
700 mountains are being 'removed' creating several hundred square kilometers of flattened land and this is leading to air and water pollution, erosion, and flooding
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Xi Jinping's father, Xi Zhongxun,work as Political Commissar in Gansu and Shaanxi praised
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA: G-7
Leaders of the Group of Seven (G-7) expressed their concern about the tensions in the East and South China Sea.
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: COUNTER-TERRORISM
Chinese authorities have arrested 29 people during a crackdown on terrorists in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-MILITARY: SECOND ARTILLERY FORCE
China's missile force targetted at Taiwan is being constantly enhanced and improved
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL; ECONOMY
Central authorities have suspended the establishment of Free Trade Zones (FTZ)s
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-US: TIANANMEN
Write-ups on the Tiananmen incident
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: STUDENTS/COUNTER-TERRORISM
For the first time in more than 30 years the 'gaokao' examinations will be conducted under heavy guard
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL-MILITARY
Official biographies of PLA General Zhang Yang and Major General Qin Shengxiang have been wiped clean of involvement in the PLA crackdown in Tiananmen on 3-4 June 1989
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-SOUTH CHINA SEA
PLA Major General Zhu Chenghu, a Professor at China's National Defense University, suggested that if China came to blows with any of its neighbors the U.S. might not prove to be a reliable ally
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: XINJIANG
CCP CC Politburo meeting on May 26, 2014 to discuss the worsening security crisis in Xinjiang
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL-POLITICAL: LEADERSHIP
Xi Jinping had put forward new thinking, new views and new conclusions in a series of important speeches since the 18th National Party Congress in November 2012
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: TERRORISM
850,000 volunteers have been mobilised to patrol the capital together with the police
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-TIBET:RELIGION
First management change of an important monastery in Tibetan-populated areas effected by Beijing in recent years
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Quotes uttered by President Xi Jinping
CCAS
Jun 2014

CHINA-ASIA-PACIFIC: SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng announced on May 29 that Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of the PLA General Staff will lead a 11-member PLA delegation to attend the Shangri-la Dialogue being held in Singapore from May 30 to June 2, 2014
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: POLITICAL
In compliance with orders recently issued by the CCP CC's Organisation Department that officials whose wives and children live abroad should not be promoted, the Guangdong Province's Organisation Department has transferred numerous Communist Party officials in this category to less sensitive posts as part of the anti-corruption campaign.
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: ETHNIC MINORITIES
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held its 'Second Central Work Forum on Xinjiang' in Beijing on May 29 and 30, 2014. All seven members of the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) attended.
CCAS
May 2014

Chinas Advance Spurs Indonesian Military Shift
Chinas intensifying move to assert claims over the South China Sea has given fresh impetus to a military buildup in Indonesia that will see its forces deployed with greater focus on external risks.
CCAS
May 2014

China is drafting Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei development plan
Intensive efforts are being made to draft an integration development plan for Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.
CCAS
May 2014

FBIs Wanted List Sends Chinese Tech to First From Worst
Investors in Chinese technology shares earn higher profits thanks to US_China cyber spat.
CCAS
May 2014

The Hidden Loans that Sank Nanjing Tanker
Nanjing Tanker Corp., China's first state-owned enterprise which is about to lose its stock market listing following four years of consecutive losses, has been withholding information about a massive amount of debt in the form of long-term, off-balance-sheet loans drawn between 2005 and 2008, research jointly conducted by British shipping industry journal Lloyd's List and Caixin has found.
CCAS
May 2014

Suntech says solar PV costs to match coal in China by 2016
Suntech Power predicts that the cost of building large scale solar PV plants could match the cost of coal-fired generation in China by 2016, a development that will completely transform the energy market in the worlds second biggest economy.
CCAS
May 2014

Tiananmen Comment Eyed After Professors Microblog Vanishes
The popular microblog of a prominent nationalist professor at Peking University has been blocked, possibly in response to a comment he posted about the military suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen protest movement.
CCAS
May 2014

Gov't Policies 'Deformed Market,'
A property tycoon who is selling most of his stake in a developer of luxury homes says government policies have "deformed" the market.
CCAS
May 2014

China's Middle-Class Protests Turn Violent After Petitions Ignored
Authorities planned a waste incinerator in Hangzhou which was protested by the residents many of whom form the middle class of China.
CCAS
May 2014

China shuts bomb factories as 'people's war' on terror begins
China dismantled a major bomb-making network and arrested five suspected extremists at the start of a major nationwide "war on terror" that has seen armed police, helicopters and the military deployed in major cities including Beijing and Shanghai.
CCAS
May 2014

China and Vietnam Point Fingers After Clash in South China Sea
Tensions in the South China Sea escalated sharply on Tuesday, May 27 as China and Vietnam traded accusations over the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel in the vicinity of a Chinese oil rig parked in disputed waters off Vietnams coast.
CCAS
May 2014

President Xi stresses coordinated functions of market, gov't
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for coordinated functioning of the market and government in resource allocation to promote sustainable economic and social development.
CCAS
May 2014

China Might Study IBM Servers for Bank Security Risks
The Chinese government is reviewing whether domestic banks reliance on high-end servers from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) compromises the nations financial security, in an escalation of the dispute with the U.S. over spying claims
CCAS
May 2014

Windows ban may open door for China's domestic OS
With Windows 8 now banned from being installed on Chinese government computers, domestic operating system (OS) developers are itching for a niche in the world's biggest PC market.
CCAS
May 2014

Xi Jinping shows support for Shanghai free-trade zone in whistle-stop visit
Xi, together with the local Shanghai Communist Party chief Han Zheng and Mayor Yang Xiong, visited several locations and greeted local staff, according to a source who accompanied Xi. The Hong Kong-style economic zone was launched last October. The zone is considered an integral part of China's economic and foreign exchange reform under Xi's leadership.
CCAS
May 2014

China identifies suspects of suicide bombing attack in Xinjiang
Chinese police have identified five suspects who carried out a suicide bombing in the deadliest attack in the country's restive Xinjiang region in years, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
CCAS
May 2014

DoD Distances Itself From US Hacking Indictment of PLA Soldiers
The Pentagon is distancing itself from the US Justice Departments charging of five Chinese Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) officers with 31 criminal counts of hacking and cyber espionage against six US companies.
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-JAPAN: MILITARY- SENKAKU ISLANDS
Chinese PLA Air Force SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 meters to a Japanese Self Defence Force (SDF) P-3C surveillance plane near the uninhabited Senkaku Islands on May 24, 2014, and within 30 meters of a Japanese YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft.
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-US
Reacting strongly to the indictment by the US Justice Department of five PLA officers on charges of cyber espionage and stealing commercial secrets from major US corporations, China is reported to have ordered State-owned Enterprises (SoEs) to sever ties with US consulting companies like McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group because of apprehensions that they are parting with secret commercial information to the US government.
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-TAIWAN: ESPIONAGE
It was confirmed on May 23, 2014, that 54-year old Chen Kun-shan (???), an expert on microwave remote-sensing technology and head of the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research (CSRSR) at National Central University (NCU) since 2001 till his disappearance in September 2013, has defected to China and surfaced at the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science at Beijing Normal University
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-VIETNAM: SOUTH CHINA SEA
Vietnam's 'Thanh Nien' newspaper on May 23 reported that a 67-year-old Vietnamese woman had died after setting herself on fire at 6 am earlier that morning in front of Reunification Palace in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in protest against China's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Hanoi.
CCAS
May 2014

CHINA-INTERNAL: LEADERSHIP
Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an unexpected first-time visit to the Shanghai Free Trade Zone on May 23. He is the highest-level official to visit the Free Trade Zone since its launch last October. Xi Jinping was accompanied by Shanghai Party Secretary Han Zheng and Mayor Yang Xiong.
CCAS
May 2014

Pakistan, China sign pact on Lahore Orange Line metro project
Pakistan and China on Thursday, May 22, 2014 signed the framework agreement on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project.
CCAS
May 2014