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China: Daily Scan, April 18, 2022

China’s Xi’an launches new freight train service to Europe: Xinhuanet
April 14, 2022

Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, launched a new freight train service to Europe on Wednesday that traverses the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea via rail-sea combined transportation. Click here to read…

China firmly opposes U.S. congressmen’s visit to Taiwan: Xinhuanet
April 15, 2022

A Chinese defense spokesperson on Friday slammed the visit to Taiwan by some members of the U.S. Congress. The visit is a deliberate provocation that seriously violates the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communiques, said Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense. Click here to read…

China’s Chengdu launches direct freight train to Vietnam: Xinhuanet
April 16, 2022

A freight train loaded with Dell-branded computer parts departed from Chengdu International Railway Port Friday in the southwestern province of Sichuan, headed for Vietnam. Click here to read…

Number of rail transit trips decline in China’s urban areas: Xinhuanet

April 17, 2022

China reported a year-on-year decline in passenger trips in its urban transit networks in March, official data showed. The country’s urban transit lines, running through 51 cities, handled a total of 1.6 billion passenger trips last month, down 26.3 percent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Transport. Click here to read…

China to tighten virtual currency regulation: Xinhuanet
April 14, 2022

China will tighten regulation on new areas, including virtual currency, as the latest move to fend off risks in the financial sector, a central bank official said Thursday. Wen Xinxiang, an official with the People’s Bank of China, told a press conference that the financial-sector regulation is getting complex and arduous as fund-transfer methods and tools of criminals are constantly innovating. Click here to read…

China issues plan to strengthen basic education teacher force: Xinhuanet
April 14, 2022

China’s Ministry of Education (MOE), in collaboration with seven other authorities, has issued a plan to build a stronger teacher force for the country’s basic education system. China has 15.86 million teachers of basic education, accounting for 86 percent of the total number of full-time teachers, Ren Youqun, an MOE official in charge of teacher work, said at a press conference on Thursday. Click here to read…

Inflatable COVID-19 testing lab improves Shanghai’s screening capacity: Xinhuanet
April 14, 2022

An inflatable laboratory for COVID-19 nucleic acid testing that was recently put into operation in Shanghai’s Xuhui District has helped improve the city’s testing efficiency, local authorities said Thursday. Click here to read…

Zhang Qixiang elected mayor of China’s Harbin: Xinhuanet
April 14, 2022

Zhang Qixiang was elected mayor of Harbin, capital of northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, on Thursday. Sun Zhe was elected director of the standing committee of the municipal people’s congress. Click here to read…

Chinese mainland reports 3,472 new local COVID-19 cases, 3,200 in Shanghai: Xinhuanet
April 15, 2022

The Chinese mainland Thursday reported 3,472 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 3,200 were in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission (NHC)’s report Friday. Click here to read…

China cracks down on vulgar, illegal livestreaming, short video contents: Xinhuanet
April 16, 2022

China has started a two-month crackdown on livestreamings and short videos involving obscene, vulgar, false, gambling and other illegal contents in an effort to build a sound environment in cyberspace. Click here to read…

Senior political advisor of Beijing under probe: Xinhuanet
April 16, 2022

Yu Luming, vice chairman of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is being investigated for suspected severe violations of discipline and law. Click here to read…

Construction of makeshift hospital completed in NE China city: Xinhuanet

April 16, 2022

Suifenhe, a land port city in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, completed a makeshift hospital Friday, according to the city’s COVID-19 prevention and control headquarters. The hospital, located in the city’s border economic cooperation zone, was repurposed from six factory buildings. It covers an area of over 66,000 square meters and can house 2,000 beds. Click here to read…

Chinese mainland reports 3,504 new local COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
April 17, 2022

The Chinese mainland Saturday reported 3,504 locally-transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 3,238 were in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission’s report Sunday. Click here to read…

Hong Kong marks National Security Education Day with series of activities: Xinhuanet

Hong Kong on Friday launched a string of activities to promote national security education to raise the awareness of the Hong Kong people of safeguarding national security. April 15 marks the second National Security Education Day in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) after the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong. In view of the local COVID-19 situation, the publicity and promotion activities were conducted mainly through online platforms. Click here to read…

Carrie Lam urges elderly people in Hong Kong to get 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose: Xinhuanet

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam on Thursday appealed to people aged 60 or above who had received three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to get the fourth dose in a timely manner. Click here to read…

Paul Chan appointed as chairman of HKSAR’s candidate eligibility review committee: Xinhuanet
April 14, 2022

Paul Chan, financial secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, was appointed as the chairman of the Candidate Eligibility Review Committee (CERC), the HKSAR government said on Thursday. Click here to read…

China’s trade with RCEP members sustains steady growth: Quishi
April 14, 2022

Trade between China and members of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) saw steady growth since the trade agreement took effect at the beginning of this year, official data showed Wednesday. Click here to read…

Draft law heralds enhanced financial safety net: Quishi
April 13, 2022

The People’s Bank of China, the central bank of China, started soliciting public views on the draft Financial Stability Law last week. The draft law proposes the establishment of a financial stability guarantee fund to help maintain the country’s financial security and stability. Click here to read…

PLA’s Eastern Theater Command organizes joint combat-readiness alert patrol surrounding Taiwan Island: April 15, 2022

Army Senior Colonel Shi Yi, the spokesperson for the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), said on Friday that the PLA Eastern Theater Command sent destroyers, frigates, bombers and fighter jets to stage a joint combat-readiness alert patrol involving troops of various services and arms in the East China Sea and waters and airspace surrounding the Taiwan Island on 15th April. The troops also held drills on subjects including striking maritime targets. Click here to read…

New combat rations introduced in PLA’s plateau troops: China Military
April 14, 2022

Four new-type combat rations independently developed by the Chinese military are being tried out in troops stationed on plateaus, and the oxygen saturation of the soldiers has got improved as a result. Click here to read…

CPC book lauds holistic view of national security: China Daily
April 16, 2022

Publication spells out significance, key content of comprehensive approach. A study outline on China’s holistic view of national security has been published and distributed across the country starting from Friday. Click here to read…

New policy looks to lure Taiwan entrepreneurs: China Daily
April 13, 2022

Expanding business opportunities could attract more island youth to the mainland. Authorities recently introduced a new policy that provides more opportunities for Taiwan residents who are willing to establish businesses on the Chinese mainland. Click here to read…

Genetic resource rules to have wide impact: China Daily
April 15, 2022

China’s new rules in the pipeline on human genetic resources will clarify jurisdictions of regulatory bodies and enhance supervision related to biopharmaceutical research, and will have a lasting impact on international cooperation regarding the nation’s biomaterials, experts said. Click here to read…

Power demonstration project benefits thousands of residents in Shandong: China Daily
April 18, 2022

A demonstration project on the comprehensive use of nuclear energy in Haiyang, Shandong province, is being used as an example in China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) to better develop nuclear energy. Click here to read…

Telecom scams being kept in check: China Daily
April 15, 2022

The rising trend of telecom fraud in recent years has been effectively curbed, but an intensified crackdown will remain along with comprehensive governance and prevention, authorities said on Thursday. Click here to read…

More intelligent, robotic solutions to safeguard workers: China Daily

April 14, 2022

China will tap the potential of intelligent facilities in production and risk management during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25), as it works to curb workplace accidents and casualties. The goal is to reduce the number of annual deaths by 15 percent during the period, according to details contained in the National Safe Production Plan, which was unveiled on Thursday by the Ministry of Emergency Management. Click here to read…

Interservice exercises held near Taiwan: China Daily
April 16, 2022

The People’s Liberation Army organized interservice combat exercises near Taiwan on Friday in response to recent provocations by the United States surrounding the Taiwan question, according to a military spokesman. Click here to read…

Increasing Racial Discrimination Against Asians Exposes Overall Racist Nature of US Society: Global Times
April 15, 2022

The China Society for Human Rights Studies on Friday released a report titled “Increasing Racial Discrimination against Asians Exposes Overall Racist Nature of U.S. Society.” The following is the full text of the report. Increasing Racial Discrimination against Asians Exposes Overall Racist Nature of U.S. Society. Click here to read…

CPC opens 1st online public opinions on natl congress; offers reference for report of 20th congress: Global Times
April 15, 2022

The Communist Party of China (CPC) is asking the public to contribute opinions on its 20th national congress to be held in the second half of 2022, marking the first time in the CPC’s history that work related to national congress has included publicly solicited opinions. Click here to read…

Xi calls for building Hainan FTP with global influence: Global Times
April 14, 2022

Four years after China’s top leadership announced a resounding decision to build the entire southern island province of Hainan into a pilot free trade port (FTP), the first-of-its-kind in the country with Chinese characteristics, the island with enviable natural surroundings has produced desired results in notably institutional innovations and greener growth, according to the local government on the FTP’s fourth anniversary on Wednesday. Click here to read…

Port city Dalian registers 12 asymptomatic infections related to an apparel factory importing fabrics from neighboring countries: Global Times
April 18, 2022

A total of 12 asymptomatic COVID-19 infections reported on Thursday and Friday in the port city Dalian, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, are related with an apparel factory which imported fabrics from neighboring countries. Click here to read…

Wedding photographer sentenced to 14 years in prison for providing hundreds of photos of warships and military ports to a person overseas: Global Times
April 18, 2022

A wedding photographer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for endangering national security, after he was found providing 384 photos of Chinese warships and military ports to a person overseas that he met via WeChat, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate disclosed on Sunday. Click here to read…

Shanghai issues epidemic prevention guidelines for local industrial enterprises to resume operation: Global Times
April 16, 2022

After entering so-called “static management” in most parts of Shanghai for nearly three weeks, local authorities on Saturday issued the first edition of epidemic prevention guidelines for the city’s industrial enterprises to resume production. The purpose of the guidelines is to coordinate epidemic control efforts and social economic development. Click here to read…

Temporary controls in Xi’an ‘not lockdown’; residents feel impact to life ‘not as big as imagined’: Global Times
April 16, 2022

Epidemic control authorities in Northwest China’s Xi’an on Saturday early morning explained that the city’s temporary control measures, effective from Saturday to Tuesday, are not a “lockdown” as some people interpreted. Click here to read…

Shanghai steps up efforts to ensure daily necessities supply; neighboring Suzhou tightens epidemic control: Global Times
April 16, 2022

Shanghai has tried its best to establish enough quarantine centers and called for residents’ cooperation during the transfer arrangements as the city is going through the most difficult time in its fight against the highly contagious Omicron variant, local authorities said on Saturday. Click here to read…

Chinese public alerted against COVID-19 transmission from objects to humans as cities nationwide report cases on courier workers: Global Times
April 15, 2022

At a time when many Chinese cities are being hit by COVID-19, the possibility of transmission of the virus from objects to humans is also coming into the public spotlight as a number of cities have reported infections on courier workers. Experts remind the public to carefully conduct disinfection after receiving parcels. Click here to read…

Shanghai’s daily cases may peak this week; total infections may reach 700,000 in outbreak: Global Times
April 14, 2022

The number of Shanghai’s daily new COVID-19 cases may peak this week and the fresh wave may finish as early as the end of next month, experts said, although China’s financial hub reported a record high number of daily new infections on Thursday, bringing the total infections in Shanghai to more than 250,000 since March. Click here to read…

2 suspects in Shanghai under criminal compulsory measures for forging vehicle passes used for epidemic prevention: Global Times
April 18, 2022

Two suspects that forged passes for vehicles used for epidemic prevention have been placed under criminal detention by the Shanghai police after they used the counterfeit passes to profit. Since Shanghai was placed under lockdown to stop the transmission of the Omicron variant, local families have been heavily relying on online purchasing of daily necessities. Click here to read…

China, US should break current frigid bilateral relations through dialogue, says Chinese Ambassador: Global Times
April 17, 2022

Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang said in a video address at the opening ceremony of the 25th Harvard College China Forum on Saturday that China and the US should break the current cold bilateral relations through dialogue. Click here to read…

Producer of Chinese herbal medicine under fire after its product was denounced for not preventing COVID-19: Global Times
April 18, 2022

Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical, Chinese producer of drugs and supplier of the Chinese herbal medicine Lianhua Qingwen is suffering a heavy blow after an influential health platform said on Sunday that the famous medicine cannot prevent people from infection with COVID-19, contrary to what many people believed. Click here to read…

More Chinese cities tighten controls as Shanghai COVID cases rise: Reuters
April 16, 2022

Shanghai reported a record number of symptomatic COVID-19 cases on Saturday and other areas across China tightened controls as the country kept up its “dynamic clearance” approach that aims to stamp out the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Click here to read…

Chinese truckers left stranded for days at highway exit by hardline COVID curbs: Reuters
April 15, 2022

Earlier this month Chinese truck driver Dong Zhigang finished a job in the coastal city of Nantong and began what should have been a four-hour journey north to his home village in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. On Friday, nine sticky days in his cab later, he still had not made it home. Click here to read…

China’s Xian imposes temporary, partial lockdown to fight Omicron flare-up: Reuters
April 15, 2022

The northwestern Chinese city of Xian said on Friday it will temporarily impose a partial lockdown to reduce its 13 million residents’ movement, after reporting dozens of COVID-19 infections this month, as China fights a record wave of cases. Click here to read…

Beware of foreign spies on job and dating websites, China warns public: South China Morning Post
17 April 2022

When a Beijing restaurant manager was approached by Chinese national security authorities last year, he had no clue about the seriousness of an ongoing investigation involving his workplace. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, April 13, 2022

Xi tells Party cadres to make every possible effort to ensure people’s happy lives: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Monday called on Party cadres to make “every possible effort” to ensure that people can live happy lives. Click here to read…

Chinese premier stresses need to stabilize macroeconomy, ensure people’s livelihoods: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called for the accelerated implementation of established policies and measures, the stabilization of China’s macroeconomy, the maintenance of the country’s economy within an appropriate range, and work to ensure people’s livelihoods. Click here to read…

China’s anti-graft chief urges solid work ahead of 20th CPC national congress: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

China’s anti-graft chief has urged solid work on improving Party conduct, enforcing Party discipline and fighting corruption ahead of the 20th national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) later this year. Click here to read…

Chinese, Russian party officials hold talks on inter-party exchanges: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee talked with Boris Gryzlov, chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party on Tuesday via video link. They had indepth exchange of views on inter-party exchange and cooperation and other issues of common concern. Click here to read…

China accelerates issuance of local-gov’t special bonds: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

The issuance of local-government special bonds in China has progressed much faster and is more advanced this year than in previous years, an official said Tuesday. The country has allocated all special bond quotas for project construction, Vice Minister of Finance Xu Hongcai told a press conference.Click here to read…

China rolls out five-year plan on family education: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

A five-year plan on the guidance and development of family education has been released by 11 relevant agencies, including the Ministry of Education and the All-China Women’s Federation. Click here to read…

Chinese mainland reports 1,500 new local confirmed COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported 1,500 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission’s Wednesday report showed. Of the new local confirmed cases, 1,189 were reported in Shanghai, while 233 were reported in Jilin, 22 in Guangdong, 14 in Hainan, and 12 in Zhejiang, according to the commission. Click here to read…

China at critical point in fight against COVID-19: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

China will maintain its dynamic zero-COVID approach as the country is at a critical moment in the fight against COVID-19, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission (NHC) said Tuesday. The epidemic is still surging and spreading, NHC spokesperson Mi Feng told a press conference. The Chinese mainland Monday recorded 1,251 locally transmitted confirmed cases and 23,295 asymptomatic cases. Click here to read…

China steps up COVID-19 response in schools: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

Chinese health and education departments have upgraded COVID-19 prevention and control measures in schools to cope with the latest outbreak. Universities, kindergartens, and middle and primary schools are required to tighten daily monitoring of the health of students and the faculty. They must collect body-temperature reports and follow up on those on sick leave, said the latest COVID-19 response guideline released by the National Health Commission and the Ministry of Education on Tuesday. Click here to read…

Beijing to have 700,000 electric vehicle charging piles by 2025: Xinhuanet
April 12, 2022

Beijing plans to build more electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the coming years, with the total number of charging piles reaching 700,000 by 2025. Local authorities will encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging piles in the residential quarters across the city in the coming years, said Chai Wenzhong, an official with the Beijing municipal commission of urban management. Click here to read…

China smooths logistics amid COVID-19 control to meet daily, industrial needs: China Daily
April 13, 2022

China has taken steps to facilitate logistics to ensure the supply of necessities for households and industries amid COVID-19 flare-ups in certain parts of the country, which it is tackling with rigorous measures. Click here to read…

Action plan puts measures in place to ensure national food security: China Daily
April 12, 2022

China released an action plan recently on expanding the planting of soybean and oil crops at State-owned farms to ensure national food security and the supply of important agricultural products, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. This year, the country will plant more than 973,300 hectares of soybeans and 300,000 hectares of oil crops including rapeseed, sunflower and peanuts at State-owned farms, and the yield of soybean and oil crops is expected to increase by 2 percent, the plan said. Click here to read…

Railway services reduced to minimize virus risks: China Daily
April 13, 2022

A freight train loaded with anti-epidemic supplies for Shanghai pulls out of a freight station in Lhasa, Southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region, April 10, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
China’s railway operator has reduced or suspended passenger train services in epidemic-affected areas to limit the risk of spreading the virus via the railway network, China State Railway Group said on Tuesday. Click here to read…

Changes to ease shortages in Shanghai, Jilin introduced: China Daily
April 12, 2022

China’s top economic planner has launched an interprovincial system to increase vegetable supplies in support of Shanghai and Jilin province, the hardest-hit areas by the current outbreak of COVID-19, an official from National Development and Reform Commission said on Tuesday in Beijing. Click here to read…

John Lee secures 786 nominations, far exceeding Chief Executive applicant threshold, formally submits application: Global Times
April 13, 2022

Former Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), John Lee Ka-chiu, formally submitted his nomination form to the Electoral Affairs Commission, and said he had secured 786 nominations as of Wednesday, which far exceeds the nomination threshold for the upcoming Chief Executive election to be held on May 8. Click here to read…

Motor vehicles prohibited on roads amid epidemic, says Shanghai public security authority: Global Times
April 13, 2022

Motor vehicles are prohibited from driving on roads amid the COVID-19 epidemic, except for those used for epidemic prevention and control, life support, urban operation, emergency response, emergency medical treatment and other necessary reasons, Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau said on Wednesday. Click here to read…

Home quarantine for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients risky for treatment and spread: Global Times
April 13, 2022

It is risky for COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic to stay home instead of in centralized quarantine, as they might cause further transmission and miss the optimal treatment period, said Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to read…

Pakistani new-elected PM Shehbaz vows to further strengthen bilateral cooperation with China: Global Times
April 13, 2022

Pakistani new-elected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met with Charge d ‘affaires Pang Chunxue of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan at the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday. Shehbaz noted that the new Pakistani government attaches great importance to developing relations with China and is willing to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in agriculture, science and technology, education and poverty alleviation. Click here to read…

Mountaineering flourishes in China’s Tibet autonomous region: People’s Daily
April 13, 2022

At 4:20 a.m. on May 25, 1960, Wang Fuzhou, Gonpo, and Qu Yinhua, mountaineers with an average age of 24 years old, ascended to the top of Mount Qomolangma from its northern slope, which is considered so high that even birds can’t fly over. It was the first time that Chinese people had reached the top of the world’s highest peak, and also the first time that mankind had climbed to the summit of Mount Qomolangma from its northern slope. Click here to read…

Tibet autonomous region fosters new growth areas of foreign trade: People’s Daily
April 13, 2022

“You have completed the order and received full payment,” said a transaction notification received by Li Chaohua, a man that runs a trade company in southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region, in late February this year. A double-decker pure electric tour bus manufactured by Chinese carmaker BYD drives by the Potala Palace, Lhasa. Click here to read…

Shanghai patients crowdsource medical help during COVID lockdown: Reuters
April 12, 2022

Shanghai residents have turned online for grassroots help on medical treatment as the city’s tough COVID-19 curbs limit access to healthcare and fuel frustration and anxiety. While the city of 25 million has used lockdowns and extensive testing to fight the disease, those suffering from other medical conditions are posting requests for help in mutual-help platforms and social media chat groups. Click here to read…

China’s imports unexpectedly fall on domestic COVID curbs: Reuters
April 13, 2022

China’s imports unexpectedly fell in March as COVID-19 curbs across large parts of the country hampered freight arrivals and weakened demand, while export growth slowed slightly and analysts expected trade to worsen in the second quarter. Click here to read…

U.S. human rights report says China continues “genocide” on Uyghurs: Kyodo
April 13, 2022

The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that acts of “genocide” have continued against the Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, revealing the findings in its latest annual human rights report. The report, covering events of last year, also warned of the “creeping authoritarianism that threatens both human rights and democracy,” pointing to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the most notable current example. Click here to read…

No home isolation for mild Covid-19 cases, China’s chief epidemiologist says: South China Morning Post
April 13, 2022

China will not let asymptomatic Covid-19 patients isolate at home because of the risk of spreading the disease or developing severe illness, according to one of the country’s top epidemiologists. “There remain risks if the so-called asymptomatic carriers are quarantined at home,” Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Tuesday, as he defended the policy to send all asymptomatic carriers to centralised quarantine facilities. Click here to read…

Shanghai’s Covid-19 cases resume setting daily records after a one-day pause, extending horizon of citywide lockdown: South China Morning Post
April 13, 2022

Shanghai reported 26,330 confirmed Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, setting a daily record for the 11th time in 12 days, underscoring how the disease has defied more than a week of lockdowns and quarantines to be deeply entrenched in the population of 25 million people. Symptomatic cases surged again after ebbing for two days, rising to 1,189 cases from 914 a day earlier, according to data released by the local health commission. The vast majority of infections remained asymptomatic, and no fatality has yet been linked directly to Covid-19 since March 1. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, April 7, 2022

Former deputy head of State Administration of Grain indicted for graft: Xinhuanet
April 7, 2022

Xu Ming, former deputy head of the State Administration of Grain, has been indicted on charges of taking bribery and abuse of power, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) said Thursday. Click here to read…

Chinese premier stresses maneuvering monetary policy tools to bolster real economy: Xinhuanet
April 7, 2022

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday said that the country will maneuver monetary policy tools when appropriate to effectively support the real economy. Chairing a State Council executive meeting, Li also stressed the need for enterprises in strained industries to postpone the payment of pension insurance, as well as stabilize jobs and strengthen employment training. Click here to read…

China welcomes int’l assessment of documents about U.S. biological military activities: Xinhuanet
April 7, 2022

China on Wednesday welcomed any global initiative within appropriate frameworks to assess the discovered documents related to U.S. biological military activities. Click here to read…

China-Mongolia land port sees robust growth in freight exports: Xinhuanet
April 6, 2022

The land port of Erenhot in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region saw its freight transport export volume increase 41.4 percent year on year in the first quarter of this year, local authorities have said. Click here to read…

China to regulate use of Chinese characters: Xinhuanet
April 6, 2022

The Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to regulate the use of Chinese characters in publications and on radio, TV, and the internet. The National Press and Publication Administration and the National Radio and Television Administration jointly launched a notice, asking local authorities to investigate and correct the misuse of Chinese characters in traditional publications such as books and newspapers, online publications, advertisements, radio, TV programs, and online audio and video programs. Click here to read…

China strengthens legal aid for abducted women: Xinhuanet
April 6, 2022

China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) on Wednesday announced that a special campaign has been launched to strengthen judicial assistance to women in need, including those who are victims of abduction and human trafficking. Click here to read…

Resilient China-EU cooperation critical for an uncertain world: Quishi
April 6, 2022

In a virtual meeting on Friday, Chinese and European Union (EU) leaders underscored the imperative role of sound and healthy bilateral ties for a world that has arrived at a critical juncture. China and the EU stand as two major forces, big markets and great civilizations on the world stage. It is the common aspiration of the global community for the two sides to uphold peace, promote shared development and add stabilizing factors to a turbulent world fraught with uncertainties induced by such challenges as a lingering COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Click here to read…

Students gain from digital learning: Quishi
April 7, 2022

Online education platform provides smart solution for more flexible study. China has launched a smart learning platform covering all stages of education from primary school to universities to offer free digital learning resources to students. Click here to read…

Chief secretary for administration of HKSAR gov’t tenders resignation: People’s Daily
April 7, 2022

John Lee, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, tendered his resignation on Wednesday, saying he plans to run for the upcoming election of the HKSAR’s sixth-term chief executive. Click here to read…

Chinese police launch campaign to hunt down economic fugitives abroad: People’s Daily
April 7, 2022

Chinese police have launched a new campaign to apprehend economic fugitives who have fled overseas, the Ministry of Public Security said on Wednesday. The public security organ pledged all-out efforts to arrest economic fugitives who have fled abroad in the “Fox Hunt 2022” campaign, and will support discipline inspection and supervision departments in fugitive repatriation and the recovering of criminal assets, the ministry said. Click here to read…

China sends nearly 40,000 medics to Shanghai in tough fight against Omicron: People’s Daily
April 7, 2022

More than 38,000 medics from 15 provincial-level regions have rushed to China’s business hub Shanghai to aid the megacity in its fight against resurging COVID-19. Some 27,000 medics are responsible for sampling and testing work, and another 11,000 work in temporary hospitals, according to the National Health Commission. Click here to read…

In Hangzhou, 2 detained over COVID spread: China Daily
April 6, 2022

Two people were detained for investigation on Tuesday after authorities said they may have caused the spread of COVID-19 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Wednesday. The two, a mother and a daughter, traveled from outside the province to Hangzhou on Tuesday morning. The two knowingly concealed the fact that they had been in medium- and high-risk areas, an official statement said. Click here to read…l

Shanghai fights decisive battle against Omicron with swifter actions; nearby cities provide 60,000 beds for quarantine: Global Times
April 7, 2022

The decisive battle against Omicron in Shanghai has entered a crucial stage, with the chief Chinese financial center conducting a second round of citywide nucleic acid testing on Wednesday, as new infections continued to hit a new record, striking the nerves of the whole country in the beginning of April. Click here to read…

China’s State Council stresses support for real economy as outlook dimmed by COVID-19: Global Times
April 6, 2022

With the resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks across China since March weighing on the outlook for economic growth, Chinese officials and experts on Wednesday called for more robust fiscal and monetary support and other measures to help affected businesses and stabilize economic operations. Click here to read…

China unveils draft financial stability law in major push to prevent systemic risks: Global Times
April 6, 2022

China’s central bank on Wednesday night unveiled a draft financial stability legislation, including the creation of a financial stability guarantee fund, laying the legal groundwork for a holistic, sector-spanning and cross-departmental approach to preventing systemic financial risks. Click here to read…

China energy goals a problem as U.N. report calls for deeper coal cuts: Reuters
April 7, 2022

A new U.N. report detailing what the world needs to do to combat climate change has highlighted the need for China – by far the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter – to accelerate its shift towards clean and low-carbon energy. Click here to read…

Shanghai vows to improve food deliveries as discontent grows over COVID curbs: Reuters

Shanghai on Thursday said it was trying its best to improve the distribution of food and essential goods to locked-in residents, responding to growing discontent over such difficulties as COVID curbs stretched into an 11th day. Click here to read…

Hong Kong arrests six activists on accusation of sedition: Reuters
April 6, 2022

Hong Kong police arrested six activists on Wednesday for suspected sedition and contravention of a national security law in connection with what the police called “causing nuisance” at court hearings in December and January. Click here to read…

Hong Kong No. 2 official says he plans to run in leadership election: Reuters
April 6, 2022

Hong Kong’s No. 2 official, John Lee, said on Wednesday he had resigned to run in a leadership election in May, two days after Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she will not seek a second five-year term. read moreClick here to read…

China’s new infection cases top 20,000 despite “zero COVID” policy: Kyodo

April 6, 2022

The number of new infection cases with the novel coronavirus in China hit a record high, exceeding 20,000, the health authorities said Wednesday, casting doubt on the effectiveness of the country’s radical “zero COVID” policy. Across the mainland, 20,472 people, including asymptomatic ones, were confirmed to be infected with the virus on Tuesday, the highest in two years, according to the Chinese government. Click here to read…

Coronavirus: Shanghai adds 19,928 Covid-19 cases, setting a daily record for the sixth day: South China Morning Post
April 7, 2022

Shanghai’s daily Covid-19 infections set a record for the sixth straight day on Thursday, as citywide mass testing identified 19,982 cases in China’s financial and commercial hub.
The number of symptomatic cases ticked up to 322, from 311 a day earlier, while the vast majority of the positively identified infections showed no symptoms of illness, according to the data provided by Shanghai’s health authorities. Click here to read…

US sanctions threat if China aids Russia stirs fear in Beijing about forex assets: South China Morning Post
April 7, 2022

Washington’s financial sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine have raised concern in China over its large exposure to US government bonds, although experts say there is no real alternative for the country to invest its foreign exchange reserves. In recent weeks, former central bank adviser Yu Yongding and former vice-chairman of the Bank of China, Wang Yongli, have issued warnings about the effect that Western sanctions could have on China’s investment in foreign securities, amid US threats of “consequences” if Beijing helps Russia evade sanctions. Click here to read…

Coronavirus: time to ‘lie flat’? Divides emerge on Chinese internet about country’s path out of Covid-19: South China Morning Post
April 7, 2022

The Chinese internet has become a centre of a debate about the efficacy of widespread lockdowns as officials try to maintain a “dynamic zero-Covid” policy amid a worsening Covid-19 pandemic driven by the Omicron variant.To achieve the policies, cities across China have spent the past two years implementing rolling lockdowns, mass testing, rigid quarantine rules and nearly-closed national borders. Click here to read…

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China sincerely wants peace in Ukraine: Xinhuanet
April 5, 2022

China hopes Russia and Ukraine would stick to peace talks until a ceasefire agreement is reached and the only thing that China wants is peace in Ukraine, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday. Click here to read…

Chinese, Canadian FMs hold talks over phone: Xinhuanet
April 6, 2022

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday held a phone conversation with Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly at the latter’s request. During their conversation, Wang said that the people of China and Canada have enjoyed long-term friendly exchanges, noting that Canada is one of the first Western countries to establish diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Click here to read…

Another makeshift hospital under construction in Shanghai: Xinhuanet
April 6, 2022

Shanghai is converting the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) into a makeshift hospital with a planned capacity of 40,000 beds. Upon completion, it is expected to act as the biggest such hospital for those testing positive for COVID-19 in the metropolis. Click here to read…

Xi Jinping on carrying forward spirit of heroes: China Military
April 5, 2022

The 5th of April this year marks the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb-sweeping Day when Chinese people mourn for their deceased family members and pay tribute to fallen heroes and martyrs. Click here to read…

HKSAR chief executive mourns deaths of COVID-19 patients: People’s Daily
April 6, 2022

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam, on behalf of the HKSAR government, on Tuesday expressed deep sorrow over the deaths of COVID-19 patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and extended her deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. Click here to read…

Hefty fines for drivers trying to cheat traffic laws: China Daily
April 6, 2022

Penalties are being increased for drivers who try to avoid responsibility for traffic violations by hiring others to take the blame. Drivers can accumulate up to 12 points for traffic violations in one year before their license is withheld, after which they must attend a seven-day class on road safety laws, regulations and relevant knowledge and pass an exam to regain their license. Click here to read…

Service robots aid Shanghai’s epidemic fight: China Daily
April 6, 2022

Disinfection robots on standby inside the makeshift hospital in Shanghai New International Expo Centre, East China’s Shanghai, April 5, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]
SHANGHAI — With the support of fast and stable communication networks, service robots performing various functions at makeshift hospitals have become a force hard to ignore in Shanghai’s fight against the latest COVID-19 resurgence. Click here to read…

Shenzhen asks residents to provide negative COVID-19 results taken within 72hrs when entering public places, transportation: Global Times
April 6, 2022

Shenzhen in South China’s Guangdong Province, home to over 12 million people, restored its normal life and work after the recent outbreak of COVID-19, it announced in a notice on Tuesday, saying that public entertainment venues will reopen with capacity restrictions of 50 percent. Click here to read…

PLA Air Force’s JL-10 trainer jet drops 500kg bombs in training exercise for the first time: Global Times
April 5, 2022

The JL-10 advanced trainer jet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, known as the L-15 on its export version, for the first time dropped 500-kilogram aviation bombs at a PLA Air Force academy in a training exercise, displaying the PLA Air Force’s training plan for cadets to master ground attack and bombing early in their training program and the aircraft’s outstanding capabilities, analysts said on Tuesday. Click here to read…

China’s new military helicopter with innovative design makes 1st flight: Global Times
April 5, 2022

China’s top helicopter makers recently announced that a new type of helicopter with an innovative design has successfully completed its maiden flight, and this prototype chopper will lead to the development of the next-generation, high-performance helicopter for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Click here to read…

Huawei sets up 10 new ‘legions’ to diversify businesses amid external pressure: Global Times
April 6, 2022

Chinese technology giant Huawei announced the creation of 10 new business “legions” following the initial move of setting up five such legions in October. This positive internal adjustment that will diversify its businesses around its cutting-edge 5G technologies will help the company get through difficulties amid the US crackdown, an expert said. Click here to read…

‘So many bodies piled up’: Hong Kong funeral services overwhelmed by COVID: Reuters
April 6, 2022

Traditional wooden coffins are running short in Hong Kong as authorities scramble to add mortuary space in the global financial hub’s battle on COVID-19, which is swamping funeral parlours. Click here to read…

Shanghai scrambles to secure food supplies as COVID lockdown hits: Reuters
April 6, 2022

Residents in the major Chinese financial centre of Shanghai, with 26 million under lockdown, scrambled to secure food on Wednesday, with supermarkets shut and deliveries restricted amid another citywide COVID-19 testing programme. Click here to read…

On hypersonic weapons deal, China warns against fueling a crisis: Reuters
April 5, 2022

China’s U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun warned on Tuesday against measures that could fuel a crisis like the Ukraine conflict in other parts of the world when asked about a deal between Britain, the United States and Australia to cooperate on hypersonic weapons and electronic warfare capabilitiesClick here to read…

China’s services sector activity hit hard by Omicron surge: Reuters
April 6, 2022

Activity in China’s services sector contracted at the sharpest pace in two years in March as a surge in coronavirus cases restricted mobility and weighed on demand, a private sector survey showed on Wednesday. The Caixin services Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dived to 42.0 in March from 50.2 in February, dropping below the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. The reading indicates the sharpest activity decline since the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020. Click here to read…

Shanghai adds 17,007 new Covid-19 cases, setting a daily record for the fifth straight day as city undergoes more tests: South China Morning Post
April 6, 2022

Shanghai added 17,007 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, setting a daily record for the fifth consecutive day since a worsening of the outbreak forced China’s financial and commercial hub to go into a citywide lockdown last week. Click here to read…

Washington wants reform, not about ‘stopping trade or trade divorce’: South China Morning Post
April 5, 2022

The United States is seeking to realign its commercial ties with China rather than seek a “divorce” between the world’s biggest economies, trade chief Katherine Tai said on Tuesday. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, April 04, 2022

Chinese vice premier stresses support for foreign trade companies: Xinhuanet
April 2, 2022

Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Saturday called for more efforts to ramp up support for foreign trade enterprises and ensure stable foreign trade. Hu, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks while chairing a symposium on foreign trade situations. Click here to read…

Top legislator stresses adherence to path of socialist political advancement with Chinese characteristics: Xinhuanet
April 3, 2022

China’s top legislator Li Zhanshu has urged the implementation of the guiding principles from the Central People’s Congress Work Conference and adherence to the path of socialist political advancement with Chinese characteristics. Click here to read…

Xi’s remarks on boosting China-EU cooperation for world stability: Xinhuanet
April 4, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping met via video link with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Experts and scholars applauded Xi’s remarks on China-European Union (EU) relations and the Ukraine crisis, saying that the meeting has provided strategic guidance for sustained and sound development of the China-EU relationship, while adding stability and positive energy to a turbulent world. Click here to read…

Chinese premier calls on China, EU to enhance dialogue, coordination, deepen cooperation: Xinhuanet
April 1, 2022

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday called on China and the European Union (EU) to enhance dialogue and coordination, deepen practical cooperation, maintain peace and tranquility, and stabilize the world economy. The pledge came as Li held the 23rd China-EU leaders’ meeting with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen via video link. a href=”https://english.news.cn/20220401/5daee0f0ef4d48f6b18fcba829547e36/c.html” target=”_blank”>Click here to read…

Chinese state councilor stresses cooperation among SMEs, win-win development in Asia-Pacific: Xinhuanet
April 1, 2022

Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong has called for efforts to boost openness and cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and promote win-win economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Click here to read…

Afghanistan must not be excluded from international community, says Wang Yi: Xinhuanet
April 1, 2022

China believes that if Afghanistan responds more effectively to the concerns of all parties, the diplomatic recognition of the Afghan government will come naturally, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday. Click here to read…

China to pilot digital yuan in more cities: Xinhuanet
April 2, 2022

China’s central bank announced Saturday that its digital yuan pilot program will be expanded to more domestic cities following its successful operation over the past years. a href=”https://english.news.cn/20220402/2c06ccaa65d546f28f9467feda41e72c/c.html” target=”_blank”>Click here to read…

China unveils 5-year plan on energy technology innovation: Xinhuanet
April 2, 2022

China has unveiled a five-year plan, from 2021 to 2025, on developing energy technologies to propel green growth and digital transformation of the energy sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said Saturday. Click here to read…

China’s BYD ceases to produce gasoline-powered vehicles: Xinhuanet
April 3, 2022

Chinese auto manufacturer BYD announced Sunday that it has already ceased the production of traditional gasoline-powered vehicles starting from March. In the future, BYD’s auto business will focus on pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, said the Chinese leading new-energy vehicle manufacturer. Click here to read…

China regulates online tomb-sweeping activities during Qingming holiday: Xinhuanet
April 2, 2022

China has released a circular demanding that online platforms not slander deceased heroes during the upcoming Qingming Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day, which falls on April 5 this year. Click here to read…

Report delves into China’s poverty reduction work: Quishi
April 2, 2022

China’s poverty reduction work has focused on two main areas: broad-based economic transformation, and targeted support for disadvantaged areas and households, a new report has said. Click here to read…

Xi calls on China, EU to add stabilizing factors to turbulent world: Quishi
April 2, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping met via video link with President Charles Michel of the European Council and President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission in Beijing on the evening of April 1. Click here to read…

Chinese lawmakers’ suggestions move toward implementation: China Daily
April 1, 2022

A total of 9,203 suggestions made by national lawmakers have been distributed to 208 organizations to be processed, part of China’s efforts to transform people’s voices into concrete actions. The suggestions were submitted by deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, during the fifth session of the 13th NPC held in March. Click here to read…

Shanghai launches citywide antigen testing amid COVID-19 resurgence: China Daily
April 3, 2022

Shanghai will conduct citywide antigen testing on Sunday and nucleic acid testing on Monday amid efforts to contain the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the metropolis, according to local authorities. Click here to read…

Over 20,000 medics arrive to help Shanghai: China Daily
April 4, 2022

More than 20,000 medics from across China arrived in Shanghai on Monday to assist in the testing and treatment of COVID-19, as the city steps up the fight against the toughest battle in the past two years. Shanghai is set to complete nucleic acid tests of all its 26 million residents within 36 hours starting on Monday. Click here to read…

COVID-19 cases in 3 regions in China linked to imported clothing from S.Korea: Global Times
April 4, 2022

The COVID-19 cases recently reported in at least three Chinese cities were found to be related to clothing imported from South Korea, raising concerns that the source of infection may be contaminated imported clothing. Beijing’s Chaoyang district reported five new positive COVID-19 cases on Monday, all of which were shop assistants and their roommates working at a clothing store specializing in South Korean clothing in the SOHO Complex of Wangjing, home to many South Korean residents. Click here to read…

China reports record-high five-digit daily infections with Shanghai worst hit, new variant found in Suzhou: Global Times
April 3, 2022

The Chinese mainland reported 13,146 local COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 1,455 confirmed and 11,691 asymptomatic ones, the highest number of daily increase since the latest outbreak, which has already infected over 100,000 people.

While one of the severest-hit regions in Northeast China’s Jilin Province successfully curbed the epidemic, the infection curve has not seen signs of decline, and a new Omicron variant mutation was detected in East China’s Jiangsu Province, neighboring Shanghai, where the mass majority of cases in China have been found in recent days. Click here to read…

North China’s Inner Mongolia reports plague among mice, issues level IV warning: Global Times
April 3, 2022

Authorities in North China’s Inner Mongolia have found one dead mouse in the city of Baotou on Sunday, which has been linked to a rodent plague. Baotou city has announced a Level VI plague warning, reminding local residents to stay away from mice, foxes, and other wild animals. The warning came into effect upon issuance and will remain in force until the end of this year, authorities said in the notice. Click here to read…

Meng Wanzhou named as Huawei rotating chairwoman: Global Times
April 2, 2022

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer (CFO) of Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co, was named as rotating chairwoman, one of the highest leadership positions at the company. Her appointment comes more than six months after her return from an arbitrary detention in Canada. Click here to read…

Smart courts in China provide efficient, convenient judicial services online: People’s Daily
April 3, 2022

The construction of smart courts in China has picked up speed with the deep integration of blockchain, big data, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies into courts’ functions, giving people easier access to judicial services while enabling cases to be handled in a paperless manner. Click here to read…

China says not deliberately circumventing sanctions on Russia: Reuters
April 2, 2022

China is not deliberately circumventing sanctions on Russia, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Saturday, a day after the European Union warned Beijing against allowing Moscow to work around measures imposed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Click here to read…

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says she will not seek a second term: Reuters
April 4, 2022

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam, who has governed the global financial hub through the unprecedented upheaval of anti-government protests and COVID-19, said on Monday she will not seek a second five-year term of office. Click here to read…

Shanghai separating children, parents: Taipei Times
April 3, 2022

Some children as young as three months have reportedly been separated from their mothers, while others have been left without adult supervision Esther Zhao thought she was doing the right thing when she brought her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to a Shanghai hospital with a fever on Saturday last week. Click here to read…

China urges vaccinations with carrot and stick: Taipei Times
April 2, 2022

In China’s southern Guangdong Province, a teacher was told by her school that she must find four individuals aged 60 or older who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and get them to take vaccines to help boost the district’s inoculation rate among older residents. Otherwise, her performance review would be affected. Click here to read…

China starts Covid-19 mass testing for 25 million Shanghai residents: South China Morning Post
April 4, 2022

In a world first, military transport planes have been drafted to Shanghai, as its 25 million residents undergo a three-day mass testing from Monday, aimed at cutting Covid-19 transmission chains in China’s most developed metropolis. The rapid testing exercise was launched as Shanghai announced a record 9,000 more cases were detected on Sunday, amid a citywide lockdown. Total infections since March 1, when the outbreak began, have now topped 61,000 – most of them asymptomatic, making detection difficult. Click here to read…

China’s Covid-19 health code: algorithms weigh on lives and freedoms, leaving some confused and miserable: South China Morning Post
April 4, 2022

When Beijing resident William Wei tried to go for a run with his wife at the Olympic Green last week, he could not enter the park. He was scanning the health QR code at the entrance – a routine measure to ensure all entrants are coronavirus-free – when a pop-up appeared on his phone stating he might have crossed paths with someone at risk of catching the virus, or that he had possibly travelled through a risky area. a href=”https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3172995/chinas-covid-19-health-code-algorithms-weigh-lives-and-freedoms” target=”_blank”>Click here to read…

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: March 30, 2022

Afghanistan
UN Calls on Islamic Emirate to Honor Promise on Girls’ Education: Tolo News

The members of the UN Security Council have expressed their deep concern regarding the inability of girls beyond grade six in Afghanistan to return to their schools, as they were promised. Click here to read…

EU: Decision on Girls’ Schools Impacts Engagement: Tolo News

The European Union on Monday in a statement said the decision on girls’ education by the Islamic Emirate violates the fundamental right to education, and called for the immediate re-opening of secondary schools for girls in the country. Click here to read…

WB suspends $600M worth of projects in Afghanistan over school ban: The Khaama Press

The World Bank has announced that they have put on hold four projects in Afghanistan worth of $600 million following the ban on girls’ secondary schools in the country. The projects that were funded by Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) concentrated on agriculture, education, health, and livelihood. Click here to read…

Bangladesh
World Bank approves $358m for safer roads in Bangladesh- The Daily Star

World Bank today approved $358 million to help Bangladesh improve road safety, and reduce fatalities and injuries from road accidents in selected high-risk highways and district roads. Click here to read…

Russel wanted to be an army officer: PM- The Daily Star

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked Bangladesh Armed Forces personnel to always be ready to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty. Click here to read…

Only 3,000 social workers to protect vulnerable children in Bangladesh: Unicef- The Daily Star

Over 100,000 social workers are needed in Bangladesh to adequately respond to the needs of vulnerable children, but currently there are only 3,000 social workers in the country, Unicef has said. Click here to read…

Freedom of expression still heavily curtailed in Bangladesh: Amnesty International- The Daily Star

Freedom of expression continued to be heavily curtailed by draconian laws” in Bangladesh in 2021, Amnesty International has said. Click here to read…

Can firmly say Rab last resort in rescuing abducted victims: DG- The Daily Star

The Rapid Action Battalion’s success in combating crime with upholding humanity is unprecedented in the world, said its Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun. Click here to read…

Bomb attack on Benapole land port workers: 3 cases filed against 36- The Daily Star

Three cases have been filed against 36 people in connection with yesterday’s crude bomb attack on workers of Benapole Land Port in Jashore’sSharshaupazila, which left 20 people injured. Click here to read…

Onion import to continue: agriculture secretary- The Daily Star

The option to import onion will remain open now in order to keep the price of the cocking ingredient stable ahead of Ramadan, said Agriculture Secretary Md Sayedul Islam. Click here to read…

US to provide $152m aid for Rohingyas, host communities: Ambassador- The Daily Star.

US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Peter Haas, has announced USD 152 million in new humanitarian assistance for nearly one million Rohingyas and host communities. Click here to read…

Santal farmers killed selves being deprived of irrigation water: Farmers tell probe body blaming operator- The Daily Star

While the probe committee from the Ministry of Agriculture visited Rajshahi’sGodagariupazila today, many farmers elaborately told them that the death of two santal farmers was primarily because the operator deprived them of irrigation water. Click here to read…

BNP incited left parties to call hart all- The Daily Star

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday said BNP instigated left-leaning political parties to enforce hartal, which protested price hike of essentials. Click here to read…

Bhutan
Actions will be taken on free-roaming Covid-19 positive cases- Kuensel

The increasing number of positive cases in the community is attributed to the people not isolating themselves strictly after testing positive. Click here to read…

India releases Nu 737M for 12th Plan projects- Kuensel

The government of India released Nu 737 million (M) yesterday for projects including roads, urban development and school infrastructure. Click here to read…

8Economic affairs ministry proposes options to reduce fuel price- Kuensel

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) has proposed numerous interventions to the Cabinet to reduce fuel prices. Click here to read…

Maldives

The Maldives, UAE sign MoU on experience exchange on gov’t development, modernization: Raajje M

A significant agreement has been signed between the Maldives and United Arab Emirates (UAE), as part of Vice President Faisal Naseem’s ongoing visit to the UAE. Click here to read…

Myanmar
The Day Civilians Took Office in Myanmar After 53 Years of Military Rule – The Irrawaddy

On this day in 2016, a civilian government took office for the first time in 53 years in Myanmar following the National League for Democracy (NLD)’s victory in the November 2015 general election. Click here to read…

In Solidarity with Coup Leader, Myanmar Ex-Generals Appear at Armed Forces Day Event – The Irrawaddy

The appearance of ex-generals from the previous Myanmar military regime at the Armed Forces Day commemoration and subsequent ceremony hosted by the current regime on Sunday proves that they are all in solidarity with junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, who staged a coup that has so far killed 1,700 people. Click here to read…

Myanmar Junta Helicopter Crashes in Chin State – The Irrawaddy

A military helicopter crashed and injured five people onboard at Hakha, Chin State’s capital, on Tuesday morning, according to Myanmar’s junta. It is the third air force crash since June. Myanmar’s air force is known for frequent deadly crashes, even during training exercises, due to its largely outdated fleet.Click here to read…

Myanmar Junta Enacts Law Allowing It to Deploy Police to Front Lines – The Irrawaddy

The Myanmar military regime has enacted a new law making it compulsory for law enforcement officers to fight alongside soldiers on the front lines, while expanding their powers to restrict citizens’ civil liberties. Click here to read…

Karen Ethnic Armed Group Tells Myanmar Govt Employees in Its Area to Quit – The Irrawaddy

District level Karen National Union (KNU) offices recently called on non-striking government employees working for the regime in KNU-controlled areas to resignClick here to read…

Public to Boycott Myanmar Junta’s New Year Water Festival – The Irrawaddy

Myanmar could not celebrate Thingyan in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19 and military rule but this year the regime is trying to bring the Burmese new year festival back to life. Click here to read…

Airstrikes Continue After Myanmar Junta Suffers Heavy Losses – The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s military continues using helicopters to attack villages near the Thai border in Myawaddy Township where its troops are suffering heavy losses. Daily fighting has continued in the Karen State border district for months amid heavy junta reinforcements, artillery and airstrikes. Click here to read…

Youths in Sittwe mark Right to Truth Day with calls for justice, human rights – BNI Online

Commemorated annually on March 24, the UN-recognised day is known in longform as International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. Click here to read…

Nepal
(Editorial)Ties consolidated- Himalaya

Wang’s visit was, thus, a good opportunity for Nepal to clarify Nepal’s position that any development assistance from a country would be utilised solely for development purposes and that it would never accept any project with political and other conditions. Click here to read…

NC to tie up with ruling allies for civic polls- Himalaya

The central working committee of the ruling Nepali Congress today unanimously decided to forge poll alliance with other coalition partners in local elections scheduled for May 13. Click here to read…

Nepal, Republic of South Sudan establish diplomatic relations- Himalaya

Nepal and the Republic of South Sudan have established diplomatic relations. With this, the number of countries with which Nepal has bilateral diplomatic relations has reached 175. Click here to read…

Mahat-led delegation meets PM Deuba- Himalaya

A delegation from Nuwakot led by Nepali Congress Spokesperson Prakash Sharan Mahat today called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and apprised him of several issues facing the district. Click here to read…

Congress comes up with formal decision on poll alliance- Kathmandu Post

Members of rival Nepal Congress faction fear that alliance with communists could harm the party’s voter base. Click here to read…

Security printing will give sense of independence in printing sector: Communications Minister Karki- Himalaya

Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki said the purpose of making the country independent in the printing sector is being gradually fulfilled. Click here to read…

Reaction to Wang Yi’s Nepal visit in Chinese media- Nepali Times

Delayed and toned-down reaction to Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s trip to Nepal seems deliberate. Click here to read…

Pakistan
‘Stars not aligned’ for MQM announcement: Dawn

While the combined opposition tried with all its might to prevail upon the party to announce a decision there and then, MQM-P avoided making a definitive statement at such a late hour and announced that it would make its decision public the next day. Click here to read…

PM forbids PTI MNAs from attending NA session on no-trust voting: The Express Tribune

Prime Minister Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. has barred the ruling PTI lawmakers from attending the National Assembly session on the day of voting on no-trust motion, which is likely to be held in the first week of April. Click here to read…

‘Pakistan can play role for diplomatic solution to war’, PM tells Ukrainian president

Prime Minister Imran Khan has told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that non-partisan countries like Pakistan are in a position to play a helpful role in reinforcing efforts for cessation of hostilities and a diplomatic solution in the war-stricken country. Click here to read…

Umpire’s neutrality leaves smaller parties confused: The News

The ‘umpire’s neutrality’ is behind the change of plans by smaller political parties, as they are reluctant to trust the commitments made by the government and the opposition. Click here to read…

Sri Lanka
Can we eat money?’: Prices high, supplies low, despair in Lanka- Indian Express

Sri Lanka is facing one of its worst economic crises, battered by the Easter Sunday blasts of April 2019, two Covid waves and now the Russia-Ukraine war. Click here to read…

Sri Lanka avoids recession in Dec quarter, GDP grows 3.7% in 2021: Business Standard

Sri Lanka’s economy grew at a slower-than-expected 1.8% in the 4th quarter of the 2021 financial year, taking its full year growth to 3.7 per cent, data from the govt’s statistics department showed. Click here to read…

VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: March 29, 2022

Afghanistan
UNDP to Provide $50M to Implement Afghan Economic Programs- Tolo News

A senior official of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced a $50 million grant to help implement economic programs for citizens in the north of Afghanistan. Click here to read…

Laghman Governor: ‘No Armed Opposition Groups in Laghman’- Tolo News

Zain al-Abuddin Abed, the governor of Laghman province, said there are no armed opposition groups in the province. Click here to read…

Ban on Intl Media Programs Sparks Local and Global Reactions- Tolo News

The recent decision to prohibit Afghan local media from airing foreign TV channels’ news programs provoked reactions globally. Click here to read…

UN Calls on Islamic Emirate to Honor Promise on Girls’ Education- Tolo News
The members of the UN Security Council have expressed their deep concern regarding the inability of girls beyond grade six in Afghanistan to return to their schools, as they were promised. Click here to read…

Karzai hopes Beijing huddle to be fruitful for Afghanistan- Pajhwok

Former President Hamid Karzai has said that China is Afghanistan’s good neighbor and friend and expressed hope pf future cooperation. Click here to read…

Younis Khan and Umar Gul to coach Afghan players- Pajhwok

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) says that former Pakistan captain Younis Khan and national player Umar Gul has agreed to work as interim coaches with Afghan National Cricket team at UAE training camp. Click here to read…

Bangladesh
Bill to curb banking fraud- The Daily Star

The Payment and Settlement Systems Bill 2022 was placed in parliament yesterday with a provision to punish top bank officials for fraudulence committed digitallyClick here to read…

Bangladesh an important partner in diplomacy’- The Daily Star

The European Union considers Bangladesh a very important partner in the regional and global diplomatic landscape, as the country has been able to demonstrate its economic and diplomatic strengths in recent years, EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Charles Whiteley said yesterday. Click here to read…

Momen in Colombo to attend 18th ministerial meeting of BIMSTEC- The Daily Star

The eighteenth ministerial meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) opens in the Sri Lankan capital tomorrow (March 29) as the members explore ways to strengthen the forum on all fronts. Click here to read…

US sanctions on Rab an abominable move: PM- The Daily Star

Prime Minister sheikh Hasina today came down heavily on the USA for imposing sanctions on Rapid Action Battalion and some of its officials, terming it an “abominable move”.Click here to read…

Police use teargas, water cannon during clash with hartal supporters at Paltan- The Daily Star

Police used water cannon and fired tear-shell during a clash with hartal supporters at Paltan intersection in Dhaka today. Click here to read…
South Asia Diary: Ukraine war triggers food crisis in Bangladesh- WION

The war in Ukraine has triggered a food crisis in Bangladesh. Traders are hoarding essential commodities to drive up prices. The Bangladesh government has responded by announcing a nationwide ration scheme. Click here to read…

Bhutan
Major Covid-19 travel protocol changes from today- Kuensel

With the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announcing phase-wise relaxation on the travel restriction in the country on March 26, the system of switching drivers ferrying goods at various points of routes has been lifted from today. Click here to read…

Transportation becomes cheaper with no driver-switching system- Kuensel
With the driver switching modality cancelled from today, businesses expect the price of commodities to drop as transportation becomes cheaper. Click here to read…

(Editorial) Entering the new phase- Kuensel

From today we begin a new phase of relaxation. In Thimphu, movement across mega-zones is allowed and the use of private cars, taxis and city busses resumesClick here to read…

The inspirational story of Bhutan’s first Oscar nod: ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’- Knkx

The film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, nominated for an Oscar in the Best International Feature category, traces the year-long transformative journey of a young Bhutanese teacher, Ugyen Dorji (played by actor Sherab Dorji). Click here to read…

Maldives
An Ex-President, ‘India Out’ & China: Why is Jaishankar’s Maldives Trip Vital?: The Quint

Abdulla Yameen, a former president currently leading an anti-India campaign, was recently freed from house arrest. Click here to read…

S Jaishankar, Who is in the Maldives to Discuss Bilateral Ties, Has Praised the Maldives for Its Efforts to Combat Climate Change.: Industry Global News24

S Jaishankar, who is in the Maldives to discuss bilateral ties, praised the Maldives’ climate change initiatives and stated that India is collaborating on one of the country’s largest climate adaptation projects and is eager to give its expertise in this field. Click here to read…

Myanmar
US issues sanctions on alleged arms dealers for Myanmar military – The Financial Express

The United States imposed new sanctions on Friday targeting alleged arms dealers and companies it said were involved in procuring weapons for Myanmar’s junta, the US Treasury Department said. Click here to read…

Myanmar junta chief vows no talks with opposition “terrorists” – KFGO

Myanmar’s junta chief on Sunday said the military would not negotiate with “terrorist” opposition forces, vowing to annihilate them during a speech on Armed Forces Day, as opponents of last year’s coup vowed they would fight on. Click here to read…

UN expert slams govt silence on death threats against activist – Free Malaysia Today

A United Nations human rights official has questioned the government’s seriousness in handling the harassment and death threats faced by a Rohingya activist in MalaysiaClick here to read…

UN agencies to raise $800m for Rohingyas in Bangladesh camps – NewAgeBD

International communities are set to join a conference on Tuesday for making new commitments on providing funds to maintain the expenses in Rohingya camps and adjacent areas in Bangladesh in 2022. Click here to read…

Nepal
Nepal to receive 11.4 billion rupees in Chinese aid- Himalaya

The government of the people’s republic of China will provide more than Rs 11.40 billion in grant assistance to the Government of Nepal under financial and technical assistance. Click here to read…

PM embarks on India visit on Friday- Himalaya

28Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is leaving for an official visit to India on April 1 at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Click here to read…

Deals on energy, connectivity on the cards during Deuba’s India visit- Kathmandu Post

Deuba is visiting Delhi on April 1-3 in his first official foreign outing since assuming office. Click here to read…

Loans on commercial terms could greatly increase Nepal’s debt burden- Kathmandu Post

Focus should be on grants, and if credit is a must, interest should be nominal, experts say. Click here to read…

EC allows fringe parties to contest polls with respective election symbols- Republica

The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal has decided to provide separate election symbols to all the political parties registered for the purpose of contesting local level pollsClick here to read…

Pakistan
JUI-F supporters vow to stay in Islamabad till PM’s removal- Dawn

While a number of political developments were observed at the national level on Monday, workers of the opposition parties believed that the stage had been set and their leaders needed to give a last push to topple the government.
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Pakistan dealt well with Covid: UN- Dawn

A UN report released on Monday places Pakistan among the countries that have done fairly well in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Capital police facing shortage of over 1,700 personnel, NA told- Dawn

The capital police are short of manpower compared to its sanctioned strength, the National Assembly has been informed. Click here to read…

SC irked by Imran’s remarks about Nawaz wooing judiciary- Dawn

Taking exception to the statements made by Prime Minister Imran Khan about the judiciary at a public meeting a couple of days ago, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel on Monday wondered if the premier could restrain himself from “irresponsible” utterancesClick here to read…

Qureshi to leave for China today- Dawn

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will leave for China on Tuesday (today) where he is expected to meet foreign ministers of other countries, including Russia, Iran and Central Asian states. Click here to read…

Sri Lanka
To help Sri Lanka tackle an economic crisis, India pledges to continue cooperation, aid: Hindustan Times

Jaishankar also held talks with Sri Lanka’s finance minister Basil Rajapaksa, who has been coordinating with the Indian side on measures to cope with the economic crisis. Click here to read…

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanks India for ‘invaluable assistance’: The Hindu

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday thanked visiting External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar for India’s “invaluable assistance” to Sri Lanka, which is grappling with one of its worst economic crises. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, March 28, 2022

5,800 cases of Party conduct violation investigated in Feb: Xinhuanet
March 27, 2022

More than 5,800 cases involving violations of the Communist Party of China (CPC) code on improving Party conduct were investigated in February, China’s top anti-graft agency said Sunday. Click here to read…

Chinese FM calls for long-term vision, win-win cooperation in ties with India: Xinhuanet
March 26, 2022

Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Friday that China and India should stick to their own development paths and join hands to safeguard peace and stability in the region and the world at large. Click here to read…

China provides 2,000 tons of rice as emergency food aid to Sri Lanka: Xinhuanet
March 26, 2022

China decides to provide 2,000 tons of rice as emergency food aid to Sri Lanka, said the Chinese embassy here in a press release on Friday. The donation, which was valued at about 2.5 million U.S. dollars (including freight cost), was made at the request of the Sri Lankan government upon its current difficulty of food shortage in the island country, according to the embassy. Click here to read…

China ready to help Afghanistan achieve true independence, self-development: Xinhuanet
March 25, 2022

Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Thursday that China is ready to help Afghanistan achieve true independence and self-development. During a meeting with Amir Khan Muttaqi, acting foreign minister of the Afghan Taliban’s caretaker government, Wang said China respects Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, respects the independent choice made by the Afghan people, and respects Afghanistan’s religious beliefs and national customs. Click here to read…

China Development Bank ups financial support for rural revitalization in 2021: Xinhuanet
March 27, 2022

The China Development Bank has boosted its loan support in 2021 to advance rural revitalization on all fronts. Last year, the bank has offered 594.8 billion yuan (93.5 billion U.S. dollars) in loans, promoting key areas including advancing the modernization of the agricultural sector and providing follow-up support for those who have relocated from inhospitable areas, it saidClick here to read…

China’s Hualong One reactor demonstration project fully operational: Xinhuanet
March 25, 2022

China’s Hualong One demonstration project, a domestically designed third-generation nuclear reactor, has been completed and put into commercial operation, the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) said on Friday. Click here to read…

New Bohai Sea gas field project starts construction: Xinhuanet
March 27, 2022

Construction started Saturday for the first phase of a new gas field project in the Bohai Sea, according to its constructor. The gas field, known as the Bozhong 19-6, was discovered in 2019 in the central Bohai Sea. It has proven reserves of over 150 million cubic meters of oil and nearly 200 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Click here to read…

Nation cuts market access negative list down to 117: Quishi
March 28, 2022

China unveiled a new, shortened negative list for market access on Friday, opening more industries to Chinese and foreign investment, according to the country’s top economic regulator. Experts said the move is a continuation of the country’s ongoing efforts to expand market access and introduce greater opening-up. Click here to read…

Former rail minister accused of disciplinary violations: China Daily
March 26, 2022

Former railway minister Sheng Guangzu has been accused of serious disciplinary violations and is cooperating with a probe by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, the disciplinary watchdogs said on Friday. Click here to read…

China denounces sending military aid to Russia as ‘pure fabrication’: China Daily
March 25, 2022

A Chinese military spokesperson on Thursday said the claim that China sent military aid to Russia is nothing but pure fabrication. Both Chinese and Russian sides have clarified the issue. The rumor repeatedly spread by the United States against China exposed its sinister intention, said Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense. Click here to read…

Official in Shandong removed from post over improper behavior: Global Times
March 25, 2022

A grassroots official in Pingdu, East China’s Shandong Province, has been removed from her post for improper behavior in resolving a petitioning case, authorities announced Wednesday. Click here to read…

Shanghai carries out staggered lockdown, vows to ensure sufficient daily commodities in closed-loop management: Global Times
March 28, 2022

Shanghai carried out a staggered lockdown starting on Monday in Pudong and Puxi (divided by the Huangpu River) in turn and mass nucleic acid tests will be conducted in the city covering over 6,340 square kilometers and with a population of over 24 million to cut out hidden transmission routes in communities to curb the rapid spread of Omicron.

Shanghai reported a record number of 50 local transmitted COVID-19 cases and 3,450 local asymptomatic infections amid this round of outbreak on Monday. Among the 3,450 local asymptomatic carriers, 2,833 were found under the closed-loop mechanism. Click here to read…

China, India stress managing border dispute, urge Ukraine peace and dialogue during Wang Yi’s visit: Global Times
Mar 25, 2022

China and India, two major developing countries and emerging economies, should stick to their own development paths and join hands to safeguard peace and stability in the region and the world, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday during a visit in New Delhi, stressing the two sides should place the border issue in a proper position in bilateral relations and manage conflicts to facilitate the development of relations. Click here to read…

PLA Marine Corps holds amphibious landing drills with the world’s largest hovercraft: Global Times
March 27, 2022

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Marine Corps recently conducted a series of round-the-clock joint amphibious landing drills with Navy surface vessels and the world’s largest hovercraft, enhancing and displaying the PLA Navy’s amphibious landing capabilities, analysts said on Sunday. Click here to read…

Number of private firms in China quadruples in 10 years: People’s Daily
March 25, 2022

The number of private enterprises operating in China has more than quadrupled during the period from 2012 to 2021, according to official data. The country’s private firms increased from 10.857 million in 2012 to 44.575 million in 2021, data released by the State Administration for Market Regulation showed. Click here to read…

China’s Sinopec plans its biggest capital expenditure in history :Reuters
March 28, 2022

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (600028.SS), better known as Sinopec, is planning its highest capital investment in history for 2022 after recording its best profit in a decade, echoing Beijing’s call for energy companies to raise production. Click here to read…

Tesla suspends Shanghai factory output for four days on COVID curbs: Reuters
March 28, 2022

U.S. automaker Tesla (TSLA.O) is suspending production at its Shanghai factory for four days after the financial hub said on Sunday it would lock down in two stages to carry out mass testing for COVID 19, two people familiar with the matter said. The company has notified its workers and suppliers of the move, the people said. Click here to read…

China’s Shanghai launches two-phase lockdown as COVID surges: Reuters
March 28, 2022

China’s financial hub of Shanghai launched a two-stage lockdown of its 26 million residents on Monday, closing bridges and tunnels, and restricting highway traffic in a scramble to contain surging COVID-19 cases. The snap lockdown, announced by Shanghai’s city government on Sunday, will split the city in two roughly along the Huangpu River for nine days to allow for “staggered” testing. It is the biggest COVID-related disruption to hit the city. Click here to read…

China’s financial hub Shanghai starts 9-day COVID lockdown: Kyodo
March 28, 2022

China’s financial hub of Shanghai came under lockdown for nine days starting Monday, with each half of the city to be shut down in turns to conduct mass COVID-19 testing, sparking fears about the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy. Click here to read…

Students force Chinese university to lift Covid-19 lockdown after protest over restrictions that ‘gave dogs more freedom than undergraduates’: South China Morning Post
March 26, 2022

Students in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu have forced the university authorities to lift an extended lockdown on campus after protesting over strict restrictions that one undergraduate said meant even dogs had more freedom of movement.
China’s stringent dynamic zero-Covid policies mean that the authorities rely on swift, local lockdowns to stop the spread of the disease as clusters of cases appear across the country, fuelled by the highly infectious Omicron variant. Click here to read…

Why the secrecy with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s trip to South Asia?: South China Morning Post
March 26, 2022

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made an unexpected whirlwind tour of South Asia this week, with unannounced stops in India, Afghanistan and Nepal. The secrecy surrounding the visits comes as Beijing scrambles to drum up support against intense scrutiny by the United States and its Western allies, particularly over China’s ambiguity on the Ukraine war. Observers said the unannounced nature of the trip was highly unusual and motivated in part by Beijing’s fears of diplomatic isolation. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, March 24, 2022

Former Chinese leader He Luli cremated: Xinhuanet
March 23, 2022

He Luli, former leader of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang, was cremated in Beijing on Wednesday. She died in Beijing on March 19 at the age of 88. She once served two terms as vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and one term as vice chairwoman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Click here to read…

China’s anti-graft chief stresses full-coverage inspections: Xinhuanet
March 23, 2022

China’s top anti-graft official on Wednesday stressed gaining a deeper understanding of the inspection work in the new era and working for high-quality completion of the inspection tasks covering Party committees at all levels. Click here to read…

Top political advisor stresses concerted efforts to create bright future for Xinjiang: Xinhuanet
March 23, 2022

China’s top political advisor Wang Yang has stressed the importance of maintaining a clear mind when it comes to the overall targets set for Xinjiang, and the need to view them as long-term, arduous, complex tasks with a focus on deep-seated problems concerning the region’s long-term stability. Click here to read…

Chinese mainland reports 2,010 new local COVID-19 cases: Xinhuanet
March 24, 2022

The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 2,010 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, down from 2,591 on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said Thursday. Of the new local infections, 1,810 were reported in the province of Jilin, 69 in Fujian, 29 in Tianjin, 16 in Shandong, 12 in Jiangxi, 10 each in Heilongjiang and Henan. Click here to read…

Xi sends congratulatory letter to fourth CPC-PCC theory seminar: People’s Daily
March 24, 2022

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, sent a congratulatory letter to the fourth theory seminar between the CPC and the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC), which opened on Wednesday. Click here to read…

Chinese legislators inspect enforcement of environmental protection law: People’s Daily
March 24, 2022

A meeting of lawmakers from an inspection team under the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee was held Wednesday to hear a report on the enforcement of the environmental protection law. Li Zhanshu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the meeting. Click here to read…

Beijing to strictly enforce emergency response mechanism for cross-province transportation: Global Times
March 23, 2022

Beijing will strictly enforce an emergency response mechanism for cross-province transportation, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport on Wednesday. As of Monday, a total of 211 inter-provincial public transportation routes were suspended between Beijing and cities in North China’s Hebei, Tianjin, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, East China’s Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui and other provinces, with 548 vehicles taken off the roads. The city will timely suspend cross-province passenger transport services to and from areas reporting COVID-19 cases, according to the transport commissionClick here to read…

ZTE’s 5-year US probation ends, offers Chinese firms a lesson to use legal means to fight against US crackdown: Global Times
March 23, 2022

After a lengthy wrangle with Washington over alleged illegal exports to Iran and North Korea, Chinese telecom giant ZTE on Wednesday said it received a verdict from a US court to end its five-year probation, during which time the US launched a series of premeditated actions against China including a trade war and similar trade bans on other Chinese tech firms. Click here to read…

Vice-premier urges clean use of coal: China Daily
March 24, 2022

Vice-Premier Han Zheng has called for intensified efforts to promote the clean and efficient utilization of coal, which dominates China’s energy reserves and consumption mix, stressing they are vital to realizing the country’s climate targets. Click here to read…

Shanghai’s daily COVID caseload at nearly 1,000, but containment in sight: Reuters
March 24, 2022

New daily COVID-19 cases in the Chinese commercial hub of Shanghai remained close to 1,000 on Thursday as authorities scrambled to identify and isolate asymptomatic infections, though a leading expert said the outbreak was being contained. Click here to read…

Dozens of Chinese officials punished over latest wave of Covid-19 cases: South China Morning Post
March 22, 2022

More than 70 Chinese officials have been sacked or disciplined over the past month as Covid-19 spreads across the country. The latest wave of Covid-19, driven by the more contagious Omicron virus, has resulted in more than 20,000 infections all over the country.
While health officials have acknowledged that most of the infections showed little or no symptoms making their detection difficult, top leaders have warned officials they face harsh punishment if they are caught slacking or fail to act swiftly. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, March 21, 2022

Xi signs order to promulgate rules on regulating military equipment procurement contracts: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission, has signed an order to promulgate a set of interim rules on regulating military equipment procurement contracts. The regulations stipulate the basic tasks, contentssa and management system for the supervision and management of equipment procurement contracts under new circumstances to advance the quality and efficiency of equipment procurement. Click here to read…

Former senior Beijing political advisor jailed for 9 years for graft: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

Li Wei, the former vice chairperson of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for taking bribes. Click here to read…

Standing Committee of Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee convenes meeting on COVID-19 situation and better and more stringent epidemic prevention and control: Xinhuanet
March 18, 2022

The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee convened a meeting on March 17 to analyze the new development of COVID-19 and arrange for better and more stringent epidemic control. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the meeting and delivered an important speech. Click here to read…

Xi requires swift containment of latest COVID-19 outbreaks: Xinhuanet
March 17, 2022

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Thursday urged swift containment of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. Xi made the remarks while presiding over a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee to analyze the COVID-19 epidemic situation. Click here to read…

Former supreme court official indicted for graft: Xinhuanet
March 17, 2022

Meng Xiang, former chief of the enforcement bureau of the Supreme People’s Court, has been indicted on charges of taking bribes, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) said Thursday. Meng’s case has been filed by the People’s Procuratorate of Zhengzhou, Henan Province, to the city’s intermediate people’s court. Click here to read…

Chinese vice FM calls for cherishing peace, pursuing win-win future for Asia-Pacific: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on Saturday called on countries in the Asia-Pacific to cherish peace, work together in unity and pursue a win-win future for the region.

“The Ukraine crisis keeps the world on edge. It also provides a mirror for us to observe the situation in the Asia-Pacific,” Le said at the Fourth International Forum on Security and Strategy. Click here to read…

China ups investment in road, waterway infrastructure: Xinhuanet
March 19, 2022

China increased investment in road and waterway infrastructure in the first two months of the year, according to data from the Ministry of Transport. Fixed-asset investment in road and waterway infrastructure jumped 14.8 percent year on year to 273.1 billion yuan (about 43.1 billion U.S. dollars) from January to February. Click here to read…

New material designed to cool smartphones: Xinhuanet
March 18, 2022

China’s Wuhan University has cooperated with the smartphone manufacturer OPPO to develop a new type of cooling material for the phone case. The heat control mechanism of the material Glacier Mat is similar to the evaporative cooling of spacecraft and the human body dissipating heat through sweat. The material can realize self-circulating evaporative cooling. Click here to read…

China releases guidelines to strengthen governance over ethics in science, technology: Xinhuanet
March 20, 2022

China has released a set of guidelines to strengthen the governance over ethics in science and technology, given the rapid progress of the country’s sci-tech innovation and the growing challenges facing ethics in the field. Click here to read…

New canal project in south China approved: Xinhuanet
March 20, 2022

Development of a new canal project in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been approved, local authorities said. The Pinglu Canal, stretching 140 km with an estimated investment of 68 billion yuan (about 10.69 billion U.S. dollars), aims to link Xijiang River, a major waterway in southwest China, with ports in the Beibu Gulf. Click here to read…

Xi has candid, in-depth exchange of views with Biden: Quishi
March 21, 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping had a video call with U.S. President Joe Biden at the request of the latter on Friday. The two Presidents had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on China-U.S. relations, the situation in Ukraine, and other issues of mutual interest. Click here to read…

Guideline to boost tourism industry: Quishi
March 18, 2022

A series of measures were included in a recently released guideline to shore up the confidence of China’s tourism market operators and workers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that although the domestic industry is in recovery thanks to unremitting efforts to contain the epidemic and earlier support measures, the tourism industry has not yet emerged from the predicament. This is because services for tourists who want to leave or enter the mainland remain suspended as sporadic outbreaks continue to have an impact on recovery. Click here to read…

China to strengthen policy support for industrial economy: Quishi
March 18, 2022

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Thursday pledged to strengthen policy support to promote stable growth of the industrial economy as challenges remained amid increasing uncertainties. Click here to read…

Legislators call for law to protect Red culture: China Daily
March 21, 2022

Some national lawmakers want legislation introduced to preserve China’s Red cultural resources, which showcase a rich revolutionary spirit and tell profound stories about revolution and construction in the country in the century since the founding of the Communist Party of China. Click here to read…

Civil service hiring focuses on grassroots positions: China Daily
March 19, 2022

The provincial-level civil servant recruitment campaign is focusing on grassroots posts this year, and some provinces have also explored ways to vie for professional talent to optimize the structure of the civil service. Click here to read…

China outlines major tasks on urbanization, urban-rural development: China Daily
March 18, 2022

China’s top economic planner has unveiled major tasks in promoting new urbanization and integrated urban-rural development in 2022, vowing to deepen reform of the household registration system and help migrant workers better integrate into cities. Click here to read…

China’s top procuratorate orders arrest of ex-senior provincial political advisor: China Daily
March 18, 2022

China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate has ordered the arrest of Xue Heng, a former senior political advisor of Northeast China’s Liaoning province, for suspected bribe-taking. Xue’s case was transferred to procuratorial authorities for review and prosecution following the conclusion of an investigation by the National Supervisory Commission, the SPP said in a statement on Friday. Click here to read…

China’s COVID spike caused by imported cases: China Daily
March 18, 2022

The recent COVID-19 outbreaks in China were the result of imported cases arriving via multiple transmission chains and complex sources, posing a huge challenge to prevention and control work, a health official said. Click here to read…

11 Guangxi officials and personnel punished following investigation on unmarried couple parenting 15 children: Global Times
March 21, 2022

A total of 11 officials and personnel were punished after an investigation into a couple with an age difference of 30 years, from South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, who gave birth to 15 children in 21 years according to a statement from the local authorities released on Sunday. Click here to read…

China’s new rules on military equipment procurement contracts ‘vital to modernization’: Global Times
March 20, 2022

China put into effect new interim rules to regulate military equipment procurement contracts on Sunday that aim to advance the quality and efficiency of equipment procurement, with analysts saying that the new regulations, together with several others that have taken effect since last year related to military equipment, will serve as vital steps to China’s pursuit of national defense modernization. Click here to read…

Chinese military says U.S. destroyer’s passage through Taiwan Strait ‘provocative’: Reuters
March 19, 2022

The U.S. destroyer Ralph Johnson’s sail-through of the Taiwan Strait on March 17 was a “provocative” act by the United States and sent the wrong signals to pro-Taiwan independence forces, the Chinese military said on Saturday. Click here to read…

China reports 1st COVID-19 deaths since January 2021: Kyodo
March 19, 2022

China on Saturday reported two COVID-19 deaths, the first since January last year, as the number of citizens newly infected with the novel coronavirus has been sharply increasing in the country. The two elderly people, who had serious underlying diseases, were in the northeastern province of Jilin, where about 2,200 citizens were confirmed to be infected with the virus on Friday, the Chinese government said. One person was not vaccinated. Click here to read…

Poorest nations to pay China US$14 billion to service debts in 2022: South China Morning Post
March 21, 2022

The world’s poorest nations will pay China and its lenders almost US$14 billion this year in debt servicing costs, according to new research that urges Beijing to do more to support restructuring for those who need it. In total, 68 such countries will pay US$52.8 billion this year in debt costs, according to a report by the Green Finance & Development Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai. More than a quarter of that will go to China, the report estimates, as Beijing is one of the largest lenders to developing nations.
At the end of 2020, the 68 nations collectively owed about US$110 billion to various Click here to read…

China population: ‘entirely possible’ will peak this year as provinces report more declines: South China Morning Post
March 21, 2022

China’s population is likely to peak this year, a central bank adviser said, with several provinces already reporting declines in the population growth rate. Cai Fang, a member of the People’s Bank of China’s monetary policy committee, said it is “entirely possible” that the world’s largest population will peak in 2022, according to a report in the 21st Century Business Herald. Click here to read…

Evergrande halts trading of its stock and subsidiaries, raising expectations of an overhaul in the world’s most indebted developer: South China Morning Post
March 21, 2022

Trading was halted for the shares of China Evergrande Group and two of its units on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Monday, raising expectations of an impending announcement in the restructuring of the world’s most indebted property developer. Click here to read…