Modernisation and national security were spelled out as key policy themes in Xi Jinping’s Political Report to the 20th Party Congress (16-19 Oct 2022). Outlined further by newly promoted leaders, neither term is open to simple readings.
A bellwether for PRC foreign relations for some years, Sino-Australian links were only recently deemed beyond redemption by Beijing. For Australia, Trade disruption still impacts a massive sweep from coal and lobsters through barley and wine to official warnings against studying at its universities.
With the US fading as the preferred destination for PRC students, leaving other English-speaking countries to gain favour, our latest brief in the China Executive Briefing series 'PRC education in the New Era' shows social and political change at home is emerging as a new driver of overseas study.
The state is intervening further in agriculture production in 2022. This comes after a minimum grain output of 650 million tonnes was inscribed into the macroeconomic agenda in 2021. This is no mere policy whim. Under threat from weakening capacity in the rural sector, this is now a national security imperative.
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