China aims to reach 20 percent non-fossil fuel energy by 2030. Green energy is reported to be in oversupply, yet currently contributes under 10 percent to consumption. Undoing the gridlock seems no nearer.
A new buzzword was aired in the 5th Plenum Communiqué, and reiterated in the subsequent 13th 5-year plan guidelines. Framed as a prize won by the Xi administration’s proactive policies and provision of global public goods, ‘institutional voice’ (zhìdùxìng huàyǔquán 制度性话语权) burnishes China’s claims to support a higher realm of global governance.
- more children, more growth?
- IPOs to resume
- proactive participation in foreign policy
- food security
- civilian vs official lawsuits
Fallout from summer 2015’s weak Air Pollution Law centres on target-based pollution reduction. Previously absent from public discussion, it has become the focal point for environmental governance in the next 5-year plan.
2015 has in no way been a quiet year; October may well prove to be its climax, clustering a set of (as seen in China) good, bad and ugly dramas.
The next step for hukou reform, a national plan to grant migrants more rights via ‘residence permits’, further ties social services to where people live. The state’s ability to control population movement still trumps labour mobility or improving migrants’ second-class status.
- can lofty promises become reality?
- gearing up for an amplified voice in Europe
- better certification, agencies and engineers
- regearing fleets for the high seas
- a safety net full of holes for migrant workers
- reform approach inverted?
China will provide 8,000 additional troops and more than US$1 bn to UN peacekeeping efforts over the next decade. Announced at the UN General Assembly on 28 September by President Xi Jinping 习近平, it will make China one of the largest contributors of personnel to UN peacekeeping missions.
Lack of single agency ownership of food safety in China has taken a grim toll. The new law, effective 1 October, in which CFDA takes decisive control of ‘edible agricultural products’ on the market indicates change may be finally on the way. This brings China closer in line with international norms of farm-to-fork oversight.
- a friendlier environment for small business
- TPP as bitter but beneficial medicine
- tiered natural gas pricing and more emission fees
- revised Food Safety Law enacted
- battling to move growth away from megacities
A quiet news month masked much deliberate state planning. By convention, the CCP puts its stamp on only the most far-reaching policies, roughly a dozen per annum. September counted a rare five such pronouncements, among them the long-awaited, if underwhelming, SOE reform plan and an overhaul to the state’s science and technology regime.
The long-awaited internet finance regulations offer ambivalent support to the booming third-party payment industry, and qualified tolerance of P2P. Financial stability and state bank interests will remain the final arbiter.