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In a personal letter, President Xi Jinping urged overseas Chinese students to be patriotic and contribute to national rejuvenation. The letter, written to students and scholars at Moscow University, appeared in People’s Daily with pledges of loyalty from Chinese student representatives in Russia, the US and Canada. The San Francisco Chinese consulate organised a meeting with local Chinese students to spread Xi’s message, calling Chinese overseas students ‘a vital force in building socialism with Chinese characteristic in the new era’.

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Beijing got into high gear on the Rohingya crisis in the last months of 2017, one of a series of diplomatic initiatives in the wake of its Party Congress.

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The December NPC Standing Committee meeting called for stricter regulation of commercial entities that collect and utilise personal data. Real-name registration, for example, has become a pretext for online businesses to harvest customers’ data for profit.

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Deleveraging, a key economic policy theme, was not prominent in this year’s Central Economic Work Conference (CEWC), in line with softened rhetoric at a CCP Politburo meeting two weeks before. This quickly raised concerns that the resolve to fight mounting debt was waning—even CASS recognised debt as ‘alarmingly high’ and rising.

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december: the New Era Socialist Economy With Chinese Characteristics

The annual Central Economic Work Conference, expressed a desire to ratchet up and professionalise Party regulation of the economy. Held mid-December, its main initiative, an ‘effective long-term policy intervention package’, stays close to themes laid out at the October 19th Party Congress: quality-over-quantity growth, prudent monetary policy and lowering barriers to foreign investment.

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The state wants more investment in cheap rental housing, but low profits and policies favouring SOEs deter private firms.

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A new agency, proposed at the 19th Party Congress, could govern both natural resources and environmental supervision, replacing the dispersed rule of over a dozen other agencies. But even with General Secretary Xi Jinping’s 习近平 blessing, such a shakeup will be tough. Many other agencies, especially the Ministry of Land and Resources, will fight to retain their piece of the pie.

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Plans to ban every ‘highly toxic’ pesticide by 2022 were mooted by Zeng Yande 曾衍德 Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) crop management department head at a press conference 4 December 2017. Notably, a number of these chemicals remain approved for use in the US, EU and other developed markets.

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november: multilateral message for the South China Sea

While Trump’s visit to Beijing early this month marked progress, US specialists agreed on the uncertainty of long-term bilateral ties, highlighting tension on North Korea and trade. Beijing pushed to speed up talks on a South China Sea Code of Conduct, confident that it can ‘build a regional order’.

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China’s retail cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) generated over C¥6.7 tn in cross-border transactions in 2016, not including grey channel daigou purchases. The state is keen to regulate the industry and lead in setting global e-commerce rules. But on 20 September 2017, the State Council again postponed new customs rules on CBEC direct retail (B2C) import until end 2018.