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Long-awaited Chinese policy update presents no major shift: from developing advanced industries to improving the business environment21 July 2024 (LINK)

— The document also reiterated that markets will play a decisive role in resource allocation, that the government will work on legislation to improve conditions for the private sector, and flagged fiscal and financial reforms. Other policy targets included boosting affordable housing, improving job opportunities for young people and the standard of living for the elderly.

— Challenges have led some economists to urge Beijing to shift focus to boosting consumer demand and away from a debt-fuelled, investment-led model that funnels resources into manufacturing and infrastructure at the expense of households.

Bridge collapses in torrential rain in northern China: at least 11 people dead and dozens missing19 July 2024 (LINK) — 185 media reports (LINK)

Self-exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui convicted n U.S. court of defrauding followers after fleeing to US16 July 2024 (LINK) — 62 media reports — (LINK)

— A critic of the Chinese Communist party, he was an associate of Stephen Bannon, an ex-White House chief strategist under former president Donald Trump. Guo goes by several aliases, including Miles Guo, Miles Kwok and "Brother Seven". He was named as Ho Wan Kwok when he was indicted in 2023. He has been in prison since his arrest in March 2023.

Biden targets China with new tariffs on steel and aluminum from Chinese factories in Mexico* Reuters ●10 July 2024 (LINK) — 24 media reports — (LINK)

China's crash: what it means. Did you know it leaves Australia in $10 billion a month free fall? China is Australia’s dominant export marketyahoo.com2 July 2024 (LINK)

UN adopts Chinese resolution with US support on closing the gap in access to artificial intelligenceAP1 July 2024 (LINK) — 33 media reports — (LINK)

WEF New Champions: China's economic outlook

The Annual Meeting of WEF New Champions, held in Dalian, China, took place on 25-27 June 2024. It brings together more than 1,600 global leaders, from the public and private sectors, as well as civil society and international organizations. It included an address by Premier Li Qiang (LINK)

On the closing day the Meeting held a panel discussion on China's economic outlook: our report

Video of session (LINK)

Hong Kong court convicts 14 pro-democracy activists in the city's biggest national security 157 media reports30 May 2024 (LINK)

China launches world's first AI hospital with robot doctors 'able to treat 3,000 patients daily': Researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing, are the minds behind 'Agent Hospital'
supercarblondie.com30 May 2024 (LINK)

Germany arrests three citizens suspected of giving technology to 61 media reports22 April 2024 (LINK)

U.S. updates export curbs on AI chips and tools to China 21 media reports29 March 2024 (LINK)

Former China football chief given life sentence for $11m bribery, and other administrators sentenced to up to 14 years in 46 media reports26 March 2024 (LINK)

U.S. and Britain accuse China-linked hackers of ‘malicious’ cyber campaigns, announce sanctions — Beijing: evidence 75 media reports25 March 2024 (LINK)

Hong Kong reports its highest March temperature in 140 years: 12 media reports24 March 2024 (LINK)

Hong Kong's new national security law comes into 30 media reports23 March 2024 (LINK)

Hong Kong jails 12 people for up to 7 years over the storming of the legislature in 2019 43 media reports16 March 2024 (LINK)

China's only Nobel Literature laureate Mo Yan is accused in patriotism lawsuit of insulting China’s 25 media reports12 March 2024 (LINK)

American companies that are no longer American (2023): now Chinese (including several non-American): Smithfield, Ironman, Forbes, Dirt Devil, General Electric, Motorola, IBM (PC Division), Legendary Entertainment Group, Hoover US, Strategic Hotels and Resorts (Intercontinental), General Motors, Spotify, The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Tesla, Snapchat, Ingram Micro, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Universal Music Group, WeWork, Segway Inc, Sotheby's, Brookstone Inc, Inc, The Cleveland Cavaliers, Riot Games Inc, Uber Technologies Inc, OmniVision Technologies Inc, Baby Trend Inc, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hilton Hotels, Starplex Cinemas, California Grapes International Inc, Fisher Price, Hush Puppies, Gillette, Barbie, Huffy, Oakley Sunglasses, Converse, Nike, Levi's, American Girl, Radio Flyer, Craftsman, Samsonite, Dell, Black & Decker, G.I. Joe, Monopoly, American Eagle Outfitters, American Tourister, Campbell's Soup, American Standard, Estee Lauder, J.M. Smucker Company, Schwinn, Rawlings, Fender Stratocaster, Trump Collection, QVC, MG Rover, Rio Tinto, Kent & Curwen, Volvo, Club Med, Cerruti, The Dreyfuss Group, Inter Milan, Tommee Tippee, Miss Sixty, London Taxis International, Gieves & Hawkes, SMPC, Sunseeker, Addax Petroleum, Triple H Coal, SeaWorld, NextVR Inc, Pocket Gems Inc, Fisker Automotive Inc, Eureka Brand, Zulily Inc, Mochi Media Inc, EIG Global Energy Partners, Baccarat Hotel, TikTok, Royal Appliances, Wilson Sporting Goodsstreetinsider9 March 2024 (LINK)

Hong Kong proposes new security bill with life imprisonment for 'treason' and 'insurrection' 104 media reports8 March 2024 (LINK)

Former Bank of China chairman indicted for bribery in nation's long-running anticorruption main source: AP, 18 media reports19 February 2024 (LINK)

Hong Kong customs arrests 7 in a $1.8 billion money laundering case linked to transnational crime: The operation revealed links to a mobile app scam and two jewelry companies in India, handling about $371 million of the funds: the territory's largest ever money laundering 28 media reports16 February 2024 (LINK)

Chinese firm behind 'news' websites pushes pro-Beijing content globally, researchers 15 media reports7 February 2024 (LINK)

China replaces head of securities regulator amid market 19 media reports7 February 2024 (LINK)

Alibaba posts revenue miss, hikes shares buyback program by $25 7 media reports7 February 2024 (LINK)

China gives Australian writer Yang Jun suspended death sentence 5 years after arrest on suspicion of spying, which can be commuted to life imprisonment after two years without serious 192 media reports5 February 2024 (LINK)

China pledges help for renters, among other moves to prop up its ailing property main source: AP, 13 media reports2 February 2024 (LINK)

Missing Chinese banker resigns from China Renaissance for 'health reasons' a year after disappearing and his reported custody by China's top anti-graft 17 media reports1 February 2024 (LINK)

Western countries press China on minority rights and Hong Kong law as UN body reviews its rights 16 media reports23 January 2024 (LINK)

China's economy hit target with 5.2% growth in 2023, Premier Li Qiang tells Davos 67 media reports16 January 2024 (LINK)

China posts 5.2% growth in 2023 — worst in decades, as recovery stalls: an intractable real estate crisis, record youth unemployment and a global slowdown are gumming the gears of the Chinese growth engineAFP — (LINK)

China intelligence agency says it has detained individual accused of collecting secrets for 93 media reports8 January 2024 (LINK)

Chinese property firm Evergrande's EV company says its executive director has been 33 media reports8 January 2024 (LINK)

China's Xi says reunification with Taiwan is 'inevitable' in New Year's Eve address: China has described Taiwan's January 13 presidential and parliamentary elections as a choice between war and 90 media reports31 December 2023 (LINK)

— Beijing considers the presidential front-runner, William Lai, who currently serves as vice president from the ruling Democratic People's Party, a "separatist" and has accused him and Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen of trying to provoke a Chinese attack on the island.

Separately, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing–wen said in her New Year's address that the island's relations with China must be decided by the "will of the Taiwanese people". Her government has repeatedly warned that Beijing is trying to interfere in the election, where a new president and government will be chosen.

China calls Taiwan presidential frontrunner 'destroyer of peace' 12 media reports31 December 2023 (LINK)

China sanctions US research firm and 2 individuals for their reports on human rights abuses in 27 media reports26 December 2023 (LINK)

Chinese developer Evergrande risking liquidation if creditors veto its plan for handling huge 18 media reports3 December 2023 (LINK)

Former Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow flees territory for 27 media reports3 December 2023 (LINK)

China's solar module production is unmatched in quantity and costs — here's what that means for US solar:"Oversupply will undeniably hinder some of the current expansion plans"thecooldown2 December 2023 (LINK)

WHO asks China for details on outbreaks of respiratory illness: reported clusters of pneumonia in childrenReuters ●23 November 2023 (LINK)

— Authorities attributed the increase to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the circulation of known pathogens such as influenza, mycoplasma pneumoniae, a common bacterial infection that typically affects younger children, respiratory syncytial virus, and the virus that causes COVID-19.

Australia chides 'unsafe' conduct after navy divers injured by Chinese sonar near Japan last weekscmp18 November 2023 (LINK)

China investigates former top bank official for suspected 7 media reports4 November 2023 (LINK)

China's billionaires looking to move their cash, and themselves, out: crackdowns on financiers, roiling political climate and slowing economy under Xi Jinping has many seeking exit plansThe Guardian UK ●31 October 2023 (LINK)

Former Chinese premier and onetime Xi rival Li Keqiang dies at 68see_link27 October 2023 (LINK)

Taiwan reports 15 Chinese air force planes in its air defence zoneReuters ●26 October 2023 (LINK)

Rumours swirl after China's defence minister, Li Shangfu, is sackedThe Economist #967926 October 2023 (LINK)

— General Li's troubles coincide with rumoured scandal surrounding Qin Gang, who lost his job as foreign minister in July. According to the announcement, both men have also been stripped of their additional titles as state councillors: a senior position in China's cabinet that is now held by only three people. General Li, who has not been seen in public since August 29th, has also been booted out of the state's Central Military Commission, a notional body that replicates another one with real power controlled by the party.

For two officials of such prominence to fall from grace in such rapid succession, so soon after their elevation (both had been ministers for less than a year), is remarkable enough. What makes their departure all the more striking is that both had been seen as protégés of China's leader, Xi Jinping.

Chinese stocks have erased 4.5 syears of gains as foreign investors flee at record pacemarketwatch23 October 2023 (LINK)

Hong Kong pro-democracy protester shot by police sentenced to nearly four years' jail on charges of rioting, assaulting a police officer and perverting the course of main source: AP, media reports18 October 2023 (LINK)

China says US 'empire of lies', rejects State disinformation 11 media reports30 September 2023 (LINK)

US State Department report accuses China of global media 19 media reports28 September 2023 (LINK)

Evergrande: China property giant suspends shares as police target 50 media reports28 September 2023 (LINK)

US banning imports from three Chinese companies, citing forced labor 11 media reports26 September 2023 (LINK)

South China Morning Post: EU only has itself to blame for China's lead in electric vehicles — (LINK)

China's central bank acts to stabilize yuan amidst a 16-year low www.cryptopolitan.com11 September 2023 (LINK)

Parliamentary researcher in 20s arrested for 'spying for China', Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he chastised China's premier at G20 49 media reports10 September 2023 (LINK)

Chinese hack of Microsoft engineer led to breach of US officials' emails, company main source: CNN, 13 media reports6 September 2023 (LINK)

Hong Kong's top court orders government to recognize overseas same-sex marriage in landmark case: the court's justices ruled a new legal framework should be established 'so to dispel any sense that LGBTQ+ people belong to an inferior class of persons'www.foxnews.com5 September 2023 (LINK)

China Evergrande net loss in first half of 2023 narrows to US$4.5 billion but shares plunged 86.7% as trading resumed after a 17-month 14 media reports28 August 2023 (LINK)

China halves stock trade tax to boost 13 media reports28 August 2023 (LINK)

Nearly 2 million excess deaths followed China's sudden end of COVID-19 curbs: 21 media reports24 August 2023 (LINK)

Rumours swirl after Xi Jinping fails to give key Brics speechGuardian ●23 August 2023 (LINK)

— Xi was due to address high profile forum in South Africa, but instead his speech was read by his commerce minister

US hits China with visa sanctions over 'forced assimilation' of Tibetan 26 media reports22 August 2023 (LINK)

Chinese dissident and Xi Jinping critic Kwon Pyong flees 300km to South Korea by 24 media reports22 August 2023 (LINK)

Central America parliament expels Taiwan, makes China permanent observerReuters ●21 August 2023 (LINK)

US Commerce Department says five solar companies dodged tariffs against China in final 19 media reports18 August 2023 (LINK)

At historic Camp David summit US, Japan and South Korea condemn 'dangerous and aggressive actions' by China: also agreed to hold trilateral military training exercises annually and share real-time information on North Korean missile 1 main source: Reuters ●, 27 media reports18 August 2023 (LINK)

China's government tries to defuse economic fears after real estate developer Country Garden's debt 1 main source: apnews, 13 media reports17 August 2023 (LINK)

UN human rights office affirms concern over forced repatriation of North Koreans from China and elsewhere following criticism from rights main source: apnews, 11 media reports12 August 2023 (LINK)

China proposes to limit under 18's smartphone time to a maximum of 2 hours a 92 media reports2 August 2023 (LINK)

Bear seen waving at visitors just after Chinese zoo denies it's a human in 12 media reports2 August 2023 (LINK)

China's economy is in trouble — and its youth unemployment crisis is at the heart of the problemwww.businessinsider.com23 July 2023 (LINK)

— Unemployment among workers aged 16-24 hit a record 21% last quarter. That's largely due to a shortage of high-skill, high-paying jobs, which will weigh on its economy.

China is reshaping UN development workwww.passblue.com19 July 2023 (LINK)

— Since taking over FAO in 2019, Qu Dongyu, recently re-elected, has been credited with making FAO more agile through management reform and innovative partnership mechanisms, including the Hand-in-Hand initiative. At the same time, Qu has attracted criticism for his initial position on the war against Ukraine, which echoed Russian rhetoric, and for evading UN accountability structures.

Taken altogether, Chinese engagement with the UN development pillar reflects a notion of multilateralism that differs from established (Western) concepts. China seems to see the UN more as a platform for facilitating bilateral exchanges, thriving on individual member state contributions. China’s approach receives low scores on conventional global governance indices. But it might well offer a mechanism for adjusting the UN to changing political realities.

Chinese property developer Evergrande posts $81 billion loss over the past two 42 media reports17 July 2023 (LINK)

China's top diplomat urges stable ties with India as military tensions 15 media reports15 July 2023 (LINK)

— China's top diplomat Wang Yi met with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the ASEAN meetings in Jakarta to discuss stabilizing bilateral ties and easing tensions along their shared border. They emphasized the need for mutual support and cooperation instead of suspicion. The border between India and China, which stretches over 3,800km, has been a source of conflict, including a brief war in 1962 and a deadly clash in 2020.

Pope recognizes China's appointment of Shanghai bishop three months after the fact or the "greater good" of the faithful in Shanghai and to heal the canonical irregularity created by China's unilateral 44 media reports15 July 2023 (LINK)

China exports slumped 12.4% in June from a year earlier as global demand 14 media reports13 July 2023 (LINK)

Chinese hackers breach email of Commerce Secretary Raimondo and State Department officials, plus about 25 organizations: "No classified systems or data were compromised" 53 media reports12 July 2023 (LINK)

Popular Chinese e-commerce site Shein accused of copying independent designers in new 47 media reports11 July 2023 (LINK)

China hits Alibaba affiliate Ant Group with $985 million fine for violating various 42 media reports7 July 2023 (LINK)

China is in default on a trillion dollars in debt to US bondholders. Will the US force repayment? cf the UK under Thatcher →thehill.com4 July 2023 (LINK)

— The United States pays interest on approximately $850 billion in debt held by the People's Republic of China. China, however, is currently in default on its sovereign debt held by American bondholders. "Thatcher said that for China to have access to U.K. capital markets [on the return of Hong Kong to China in 1987], it had to honor the defaulted Chinese sovereign debt held by British subjects. Faced with that stark choice, China agreed. Unfortunately, the U.S. failed to take such a common-sense stance. To this day, China has had access to U.S. capital markets while openly rejecting its sovereign debt obligations to American bondholders."

China buzzes Taiwan Strait again, minister decries 'disinformation' about safety of the 14 media reports4 July 2023 (LINK)

The 8 wanted overseas-based Hong Kong activists will be pursued for life, city leader 42 media reports4 July 2023 (LINK)

Chinese human rights lawyer chased out of 13 homes in 2 months as pressure rises on legal 24 media reports23 June 2023 (LINK)

China Youth Jobless Rate Hits Record 20.8% in Challenge for 28 media reports15 June 2023 (LINK)

"Covid 'patient zero' NAMED as Wuhan scientist who conducted deadly tests on souped-up virus, bombshell report" 12 → media reports14 June 2023 (LINK)

— Three lab researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) are believed to be the first known cases of COVID-19, according to unnamed US officials involved in investigating the origins of the pandemic. One allegedly led a gain-of-function research team at the WIV on SARS-like coronaviruses in the lead-up to the pandemic.

Millionaires are fleeing China at a faster pace as the post-COVID economic rebound fizzlesmarkets.businessinsider.com13 June 2023 (LINK)

Award-winning Hong Kong journalist wins appeal in rare court ruling upholding media 18 media reports5 June 2023 (LINK)

US slaps sanctions on Chinese, Mexican entities in fentanyl 17 media reports30 May 2023 (LINK)

Seven plead guilty at start of Hong Kong legislature storming 7 media reports29 May 2023 (LINK)

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai loses bid to terminate national security media reports29 May 2023 (LINK)

Major Hong Kong democratic party disbands amid China security 36 media reports27 May 2023 (LINK)

67,000 accounts shut, 1.4 million social media posts deleted in China's latest crackdown on free 17 media reports26 May 2023 (LINK)

China says it will resume group tours for Taiwan residents to mainlandreuters19 May 2023 (LINK)

Authorities say 11 people killed in border road accident, highlighting China-Vietnam human 20 reports19 May 2023 (LINK)

China shuts 100,000 fake news social media accounts, ramps up content 20 reports18 May 2023 (LINK)


China fines comedy troupe $2m for joke about the 24 reports17 May 2023 (LINK)

Hong Kong restricts foreign lawyers from national security 20 media reports10 May 2023 (LINK)

China makes first ChatGPT arrest after man allegedly generates fake news of train 21 media reports8 May 2023 (LINK)

Chinese authorities were preparing Sunday to release a man who disappeared three years ago after publicizing videos of overcrowded hospitals and bodies during the COVID-19 outbreak, a relative and another person familiar with his case 63 media reports30 April 2023 (LINK)

Trudeau points to 'slave labor' in China lithium 11 media reports28 April 2023 (LINK)

China approves wide–ranging expansion of counter–espionage 21 reports27 April 2023 (LINK)

Ex-Harvard professor sentenced to 6 months house arrest for lying about China 34 reports26 April 2023 (LINK)

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed for 3 months over information breach 53 sources17 April 2023 (LINK)

Australian charged over reports to suspected Chinese 25 sources17 April 2023 (LINK)

F.B.I. Arrests Two on Charges Tied to Chinese Police Outpost in NYCnytimes ●17 April 2023 (LINK)

China's economy grew 4.5% in the first quarter, the fastest pace in a yearcnbc17 April 2023 (LINK)

China sanctions senior US lawmaker for visiting 94 sources13 April 2023 (LINK)

China's Xi gains unprecedented third term as president: all present voted in 332 sources10 March 2023 (LINK)

China accuses Canada of smear over secret police 53 sources10 March 2023 (LINK)

China says 200 million treated, pandemic 'decisively' 19 sources16 February 2023 (LINK)

UNESCO Accused of Complicity in China's Treatment of Uyghur Heritagesource16 February 2023 (LINK)

China faces grilling in review of key rights by UN committeeAP15 February 2023 (LINK)

Trial begins for 47 pro-democracy voices in Hong Kong, protests take place outside 26 sources6 February 2023 (LINK)

China: UN experts alarmed by separation of 1 million Tibetan children from families and forced assimilation at residential schoolssource6 February 2023 (LINK)

China suspends visas for South Koreans in virus 26 sources10 January 2023 (LINK)

China suspends social media accounts of 1,000 COVID-19 policy 57 sources7 January 2023 (LINK)

Ant Group says Jack Ma to relinquish control of 74 sources7 January 2023 (LINK)

WHO Urges China to Share Data on Origin of COVID-19 Pandemic voanews22 December 2022 (LINK)

BF.7: What to know about China's Omicron COVID variant: cbsnews20 December 2022 (LINK)

— Reports from China indicate BF.7 has the strongest infection ability out of the Omicron subvariants in the country, being quicker to transmit than other variants, having a shorter incubation period, and with greater capacity to infect people who have had a previous COVID infection, or been vaccinated, or both. To put this into context, BF.7 is believed to have an R0, or basic reproduction number, of 10 to 18.6. This means an infected person will transmit the virus to an average of 10 to 18.6 other people. Research has shown Omicron has an average R0 of 5.08. The high transmission rate of BF.7, taken with the risk of hidden spread due to the many asymptomatic carriers, is understood to be causing significant difficulty in controlling the epidemic in China.

U.S. to add over 30 Chinese companies to trade blacklist 9 sources13 December 2022 (LINK)

China's strict zero-COVID policy may be gone, but it has been replaced by chaos, confusion and risk.cbsnews9 December 2022 (LINK)

China Operating More Than 100 Police Stations 10 sources4 December 2022 (LINK)

Scientist who worked at Wuhan lab claims Covid-19 was man-made by the 15 sources4 December 2022 (LINK)

Fresh clashes erupt between police and zero-Covid protesters in south 40 sources30 November 2022 (LINK)

China factory, services activities slide to 7-month lows on COVID 19 sources30 November 2022 (LINK)

COVID-19 lockdown protests in China rattle US, world 106 sources28 November 2022 (LINK)

Huge COVID protests erupt in China's Xinjiang after deadly 31 sources26 November 2022 (LINK)

US bans new Huawei equipment sales over 'unacceptable risk' to national securityThe Guardian26 November 2022 (LINK)

Apple's biggest contractor falls victim to China's zero-Covid policyscmp26 November 2022 (LINK)

Mainland China's total daily Covid cases soar above Shanghai lockdown highs at 31,000 106 sources25 November 2022 (LINK)

Six former staff of Hong Kong newspaper plead guilty to conspiracy to 22 sources22 November 2022 (LINK)

Chinese takeover of the UK's biggest chip plant blocked on national security 23 sources17 November 2022 from 16 November (LINK)

Hong Kong court upholds veteran journalist's conviction 38 sources8 November 2022 (LINK)

China Covid: Panic and fear drove iPhone factory breakoutBBC3 November 2022 (LINK)

China accused of illegal police stations in the NetherlandsBBC26 October 2022 (LINK)

China outnumbers the U.S. for the first time in ranking of the world's 'best' universitiesmarketwatch26 October 2022 (LINK)

US charges alleged Chinese spies in Huawei casedw24 October 2022 (LINK)

China will never renounce right to use force over Taiwan but will strive for a peaceful resolution, Xi saysreuters16 October 2022 (LINK)

Key takeaways From Xi Jinping's two-hour speechbloomberg16 October 2022 (LINK)

UN Human Rights Council rejects debate on Xinjiang abusesground.news6 October 2022 (LINK)

Previous nusepostings on China: Nov 2020-Oct 2022

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