Securing raw materials has regained the hot-button spot it had in the early days of the Hu-Wen administration and the Going Global initiative. This year's government work report calls out mineral resources as a sector lacking self-reliance. SOEs are now reexamining overseas and domestic supply chains.
Xi Jinping will host a PRC–Central Asia Summit in Xi'an on 18–19 May. The PRC seeks export markets and unhindered energy and raw material sources: Central Asia can supply both. Under the Party Central pseudonym ‘He Yin’, People’s Daily stressed ‘joint building of the BRI’.
The scale of the PRC’s digital infrastructure and data resources is beyond doubt. February 2023’s 'Digital China’ blueprint lays out a broad vision for digitisation, encompassing the economy, governance, culture, society, and ecology. From factories, farms, and health services, to commerce and literature, nothing is to be without a digital component.
Half of PRC students attend high school in the towns and villages that make up the bottom rungs of PRC administration. Yet amid declining admissions and education quality, these state-run schools—which used to be an important gateway to upward mobility—are going downhill.
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