China-Policies & politics

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  1. The spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 shows no signs of slowing down in China as a case emerged in the flood-hit city of Zhengzhou.The National Health Commission reported a total of 55 daily cases from Friday, including 25 imported cases and 30 local ones, with the local transmissions mostly in the provinces of Jiangsu and Hunan.Of the 19 new cases in Jiangsu, six were confirmed in the provincial capital Nanjing – where the current cluster originated – and 10 were in the…
  2. Beijing’s campaign to rein in the power and influence of Big Tech in the country is reaching new heights, pummeling tech stocks and leading many analysts to question if the tougher scrutiny could end up emasculating the most vibrant sector of China’s economy.China’s full complement of regulators have let loose on Big Tech after receiving Beijing’s blessing last winter to curb the “irrational expansion of capital” and formation of monopolies that may threaten social stability. That escalating…
  3. China’s leaders have called on the country to start looking ahead to economic challenges in 2022, aiming to keep the world’s second-biggest economy growing at a “reasonable range” for the rest of the year as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics and hold two major political gatherings.In a statement after a meeting on Friday, the Communist Party’s 25-member Politburo, chaired by President Xi Jinping, said it had reaffirmed its plans to maintain the “continuity, stability and sustainability of…
  4. China’s top law enforcement body has named four sectors that will be in the cross hairs of an ongoing crackdown on organised crime over the next 12 months.Chen Yixin, secretary general of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, said at a meeting on Wednesday that organised criminal activities were rife in the telecoms, resources, transport and construction industries. They would be the next focus of the nationwide campaign, according to a post on the commission’s Changanjian social…
  5. China is tracking thousands of people who visited a theatre in a popular tourist destination as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19.The outbreak, which originated in the eastern city of Nanjing, has spread to 26 cities across the country.Zhangjiajie in the central province of Hunan has become a new focal point for the outbreak after at least 18 cases were traced to the city.Staff at the Charming Xiangxi Theatre in the Wulingyuan scenic area,…
  6. China has stopped issuing and renewing passports for non-urgent purposes to try to minimise travel amid the rapid spread of coronavirus variants.After many complaints from passport applicants, Chen Jie, spokesman for the National Immigration Administration under the Ministry of Public Security, confirmed on Friday that the country had been pushing back passport applications this year, according to mainland media reports.Without giving a time frame for when the passport policy would be relaxed,…
  7. China’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) said there is scope for Beijing to work with the United States, the European Union and other Western nations on an agreement aimed at curbing the practices at the heart of the still-simmering US-China trade conflict.“China will keep an open mind to that,” Li Chenggang said in an interview in Geneva on Wednesday, his first known talk with a Western media outlet since being appointed in February.“If we have a fair and a frank discussion on…
  8. China’s Covid-19 control measures are under intense pressure after an airport cluster in Jiangsu province’s Nanjing is believed to have led to infections in 15 cities across the country in just over a week.The spread is being fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant that has now swept across 132 countries, according to the World Health Organization this week.China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus has put tremendous political pressure on the city and governing Jiangsu province, with…
  9. Militant groups Islamic State (Isis), al-Qaeda and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) – which China has referred to as a direct threat to its interests – remain present in Afghanistan, where security is fragile and predicted to deteriorate, according to a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) report. Isis fighters are estimated to have reserves of US$25-US$50 million on hand, the report said. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is believed to be in Afghanistan, alive but ailing. Saif al…
  10. Beijing will make it easier for scientists to access research funding from the central government as it tries to drive innovation and catch up with the US on technology.China’s cabinet on Wednesday said it would streamline the application process and give researchers more discretion in how they use funding, state news agency Xinhua reported.It comes five months after Premier Li Keqiang pledged an extra 10.6 per cent for basic research funding in his annual work report to the legislature, with…