Resurfacing of long-standing hostility between Japan and South Korea draws concern from Chinese policy makers, but analysts disagree on its impact.
Patriotism and Party regulations dominated discussions on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the PRC.
Preparation for the PRC’s 70th anniversary on 1 October dominated domestic media in September.
August economic data showed the slowdown persists.
Longgang 龙港 has become the first township to get upgraded to a county-level city.
The National People’s Congress passed the Resource Tax Law on 26 August, covering 164 mineral resources. Along with the Environmental Protection Tax Law, this new law is part of efforts to green the tax system.
As a direct expression of ‘reform of the global governance system’, a major topic of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy, Beijing is committing resources and diplomatic effort to sending more of its nationals to work at the UN and other multilateral agencies.
State Council announced a batch of six new free trade zones (FTZs) on 26 August. Each is tasked with a unique mission using local geographic and economic advantages.
US-China tariff hikes and rising global trade protectionism are adding pressure to the economy.
Shenzhen again features prominently in state plans, which are to transform the city into a ‘socialist demo area’.
A State Council plan for Shanghai FTZ’s new Lingang area, released 6 August, aims to make it globally competitive. Upgrades include preferential market access, tax incentives and boost to quality of life incentives.
‘High-quality BRI’ was in the air in 2018, but did not become a prominent slogan until the Second Belt and Road Forum in April 2019. The basic aim, says Wang Yi 王毅 Minister of Foreign Affairs, is to make the initiative more sustainable and attractive for all involved.