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Africa Now – Weekly Newsletter (Week 51, 2021)

COMMENTARY

The Re-election of Gambian President Raises Hope for Justice

On 4th December 2021, The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa, held its presidential election. The present election can be viewed as a strong statement in support of successful transition towards a democratic society.Click here to read…

NEWS

South Africa develops own COVID-19 vaccine

From the outside, the building in an industrial district of Cape Town looks like any other nondescript warehouse. In fact, it is a beacon of hope for the biotech industry and vaccine production of the entire African continent. Click here to read…

France is one step closer to withdrawal from Mali

In Mali, French troops handed control of an army base on Tuesday to Malian officers near the city of Timbuktu. The handover follows President Macron’s June announcement of a major withdrawal of French troops from the region. Click here to read…

Democratic Republic of the Congo declares Ebola outbreak over

The Ebola outbreak that erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu Province in October – the second in 2021 – was today declared over, the national health authorities announced after no new cases were reported at the end of a 42-day countdown, or two incubation periods after the last confirmed case was discharged. Click here to read…

Egypt builds industrial city in Tanzania

Egypt and Tanzania close ties are strengthened further by the inauguration of an Egyptian industrial city adjacent to the Tanzanian capital. Click here to read…

Gadhafi’s son shakes up Libyan elections

Elections scheduled for Dec. 24 are now uncertain because of haggling among Libya’s political factions. Click here to read…

Hundreds protest in Tunisia on anniversary of revolution

Protesters rally for and against President Saied who has extended suspension of parliament until next year, sparking tensions. Click here to read…

Hundreds killed in Sudan’s Darfur clashes

At least 199 people have been killed in Sudan’s restive Darfur in tribal clashes over the past two months. Medics on Friday urged the government to stop the bloodshed in the country. Click here to read…

Guinea-Bissau affirms commitment to EU fisheries agreement

Guinea-Bissau has reiterated its commitment to the latest five-year fisheries partnership agreement with the European Union. Click here to read…

World Bank Supports the Modernization of Morocco Public Sector

The World Bank Board of Executive directors today approved a US$450 million loan to support key governance reforms in Morocco as part of the government’s ambitious strategy to modernize the public sector. Click here to read…

Hundreds protest treatment of Senegal’s opposition

Several hundred demonstrators protested Friday in Senegal’s capital, accusing the government of subjecting opposition figures to lengthy detentions. Click here to read…

Clashes in Cameroon’s north displace over 100,000 – UN agency

Clashes between herders, fishermen and farmers in the far north of Cameroon have driven at least 100,000 people from their homes in the past two weeks, creating a humanitarian emergencyClick here to read…

Officials Say Insurgency in Northern Mozambique Is Spreading

With violence by armed groups spreading beyond Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado into neighboring Niassa province, President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday cautioned against panic. Click here to read…

The Nobel Peace Prize that paved the way for war

Secret meetings with a dictator. Clandestine troop movements. Months of quiet preparation for a war that was supposed to be swift and bloodless. Click here to read…

Big decline in China’s BRI investments, cash grants to Africa: Report

Investments in China’s much-touted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have fallen by 54 per cent since 2019 and Beijing is no longer doling out hard cash for projects in Africa, amid criticism over infrastructure debt and loan defaults. Click here to read…

Benin squeezes dissent with jailing of opposition leader over terrorism

Benin rarely makes international headlines. But this week, the French-speaking sliver of land with a population of 11.5 million jailed a leading opposition leader for terrorism. Click here to read…

Court in Madagascar convicts five people for plotting a coup

A court in Madagascar convicted five people for plotting a coup in the Indian Ocean nation. The defendants, including two French nationals, were part of a group of 20 people accused of trying to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina in July. Click here to read…

Russia-Africa Relations: ‘Geopolitical Arena with Many Players Operating’

As preparations are underway for the second Russia-Africa summit planned for 2022, African leaders, politicians, academic researchers and experts have been discussing several aspects of the current state of Russia-Africa relations. They, most often, compare it with a number of foreign countries notably China, the United States, European Union, India, France, Turkey, Japan, and South Korea that have held such gatherings in that format with Africa. Click here to read…

3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit to take ties to new stage

The third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit that started on Thursday will take relations between Ankara and the continent to a new level as new projects and areas of cooperation are within sight. Click here to read…

Rwanda turns to electric motorbikes to drive down emissions

When Rwanda motorcycle taxi driver Evode Niyorurema onverted his fuel guzzler to an electric motorbike, he had no idea he was on the frontlines of the East African nation’s fight against climate change. Click here to read…

Accor signs first Mantis in Masai Mara, Kenya

The Mantis Masai Mara Eco-Lodge is set to become a highlight property for the brand and the group, offering direct access to the Mara-Seregenti game reserve: the ideal location for unique safari experiences. Click here to read…

INDIA IN AFRICA

President commends Indian community on contribution to economic development

President Yoweri Museveni has commended the Indian community in Uganda for its contribution to the economic development of the country and appealed to them to encourage more people to exploit the vast investment opportunities here. Click here to read…

Ram Charan Company bags USD 2.2 billion order from Ghana firm to supply waste to energy units

Ram Charan Company, the Chennai-based chemicals-trader-turned-renewable energy specialist with focus on sustainable R&D, has bagged a USD 2.2 billion order from the Ghana-based Masri Company to supply waste to energy units that is expected to generate 300 MW of power in the African nation. Click here to read…

Somaliland signs MoU with Chennai hospital

Addressing a press conference after signing the MoU with Chennai-based Deepam Hospitals here on Saturday, Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail said there was a need to assist the citizens of the country who travel to India for medical treatment. Click here to read…

Airtel Africa secures $50m in investment as it withdraws from Nigerian auction

Airtel Africa confirms that Chimera Investment has investment $50 million in Airtel Mobile Commerce (AMC BV), through shares from one of its subsidiaries. Click here to read…

The India Embassy in Madagascar organised the 13th edition of monthly literary programme ‘LaLitTana’.

Indian Embassy in Madagascar organises 13th edition of monthly literary programme ‘LaLitTana’Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, December 16, 2021

China to beef up financial support for MSMEs with market-based measures: Xinhunaet
December 15, 2021

China will adopt market-based measures to double down on financial support for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), to support market players and cushion the new downward economic pressure, the State Council’s Executive Meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on Wednesday. Click here to read…

China to grant zero-tariff treatment for least-developed countries: Xinhunaet
December 15, 2021

China will grant zero-tariff treatment on 98 percent of taxable items originating in the least-developed countries, according to a statement released by the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council on Wednesday. Agricultural products such as peanut oil and chemicals such as polythene will be incorporated into the scope of zero-tariff treatment. Click here to read…

China boosts battery recycling amid decommissioning surge: Xinhuanet
December 16, 2021

China is seeking to boost the battery recycling sector to cope with the rise in decommissioning of aging batteries from new-energy vehicles (NEV), which have grown in popularity in recent years. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said it will issue a new regulation to clarify the supervisory responsibilities of national and local departments, along with the requirements for battery recycling, according to Science and Technology Daily. Click here to read…

Xi, Putin hail “model” bilateral ties, vow to uphold int’l fairness: China Military
December 16, 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a video meeting on Wednesday, as they praised “model” China-Russia relations and pledged to cooperate more on safeguarding the two countries’ core interests and upholding international fairness and justice. The two leaders also agreed to have an in-person meeting in February in Beijing. Click here to read…

LinkedIn makes China comeback: China Daily
December 15, 2021

LinkedIn announced on Tuesday that it has launched InCareer, a new jobs app designed to help professionals in the Chinese mainland find jobs and companies discover talent in China. The United States-based company said that the launch of the app marks the first step in its new strategy for China. LinkedIn had since mid-October started to phase out the China version of its platform, explaining that it would instead strengthen the company’s focus on jobs with a new app. Click here to read…

Five provinces criticized for high emissions: China Daily
December 16, 2021

Central government lists smokestack projects as key targets for inspection Environmental inspections from the central government have criticized five provinces for violations in projects with high energy consumption and emissions, according to reports made public on Sunday and Monday by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, where the inspection office is based. Click here to read…

Hong Kong court orders winding up of Jimmy Lai’s Next Digital: People’s Daily
December 15, 2021

The High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Wednesday ordered the winding up of Next Digital Ltd., a company controlled by Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, an instigator of Hong Kong riots. The court’s move came after Paul Chan, financial secretary of the HKSAR government, presented a petition to the Court of First Instance to wind up the company earlier this year. Click here to read…

COVID-19: Sinovac does not shield against Omicron, says study: Taipei Times
December 16, 2021

The vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech, one of the most widely used in the world, does not provide sufficient antibodies to neutralize the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, Hong Kong researchers said in initial lab findings that could have sweeping consequences for the millions of people relying on the Chinese shot to protect them against COVID-19. Click here to read…

China urges ‘hardest-hit’ solar firms to fight against US, India trade restrictions: South China Morning Post
December 15, 2021

China is urging solar companies to fight against trade policies from countries such as the United States and India that are creating challenges for the industry. Companies should use legal weapons to fight trade restrictions against solar products, while the industry should enhance its autonomy, resilience and credibility, Wang Xin, deputy chief of the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau at the Commerce Department, said in a virtual presentation at a solar industry conference on Wednesday. “Trade frictions are still at a high prevalence globally, and photovoltaic products are among the hardest-hit areas,” Wang said. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 30, 2021

Yin Li elected Party chief of China’s Fujian: Xinhuanet
November 30, 2021

Yin Li has been elected secretary of the Fujian Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Yin was elected to the post at the first plenary session of the 11th CPC Fujian Provincial Committee on Monday. Click here to read…

Senior Jiangxi provincial legislator under probe: Xinhuanet
November 29, 2021

Gong Jianhua, a vice chairman of the Standing Committee of Jiangxi Provincial People’s Congress, is being investigated for suspected severe violations of discipline and law. Gong has turned himself in and is under investigation by the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission, according to a statement released on Monday.Click here to read…

China unveils regulation on securities, futures violations: Xinhuanet
November 29, 2021

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has signed a State Council decree unveiling a regulation on new law-enforcement methods for individuals and corporations violating laws in the country’s capital market. The new regulation, which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022 details fresh measures for government enforcement departments in handling individuals and corporations that break securities or futures laws but promise to rectify illegal behaviors, compensate investors for losses and eliminate negative effects. Click here to read…

Tibet sends out nearly 9 bln kWh of electricity: Xinhuanet
November 29, 2021

The Tibet Electric Power Co., Ltd. of the State Grid said it transmitted 8.98 billion kWh of electricity out of the region from 2015 to this summer. All the electricity sent out was generated by clean energy, the company said. In 2015, Tibet sent electricity to neighboring Qinghai Province for the first time, with 1.81 million kWh per day, marking that Tibet’s clean energy began to participate in the regional balance of power supply in northwest China and the optimization and adjustment of the country’s energy structure, said the company. Click here to read…

Policies aim to help ease burden of child raising: China Daily
November 30, 2021

More favorable parental leave policies have been rolled out in Chinese cities and provinces recently in an effort to reduce the burden of childbirth and child care. More than 10 cities and provinces, including Beijing and Shanghai and Jiangxi and Qinghai provinces, have launched detailed measures, such as longer parental leave, to support couples having more children. Click here to read…

Drones adapted to marine observation: China Daily
November 29, 2021

China has begun to deploy unmanned aircraft to carry out marine meteorological observation, according to Aviation Industry Corp of China, the nation’s leading aircraft maker and the program’s contractor. The State-owned defense conglomerate said on Saturday that under a contract from China Meteorological Administration, it has started using a Wing Loong 10 unmanned aircraft to observe cloud cover, temperature, humidity and wind above the ocean’s surface to provide data support to researchers at the administration. Click here to read…

Draft amendment to China’s Teachers Law to regulate rights, obligations and competency undergoes public consultation: Global Times
November 30, 2021

China’s Ministry of Education on Monday issued a notice for public consultation on the draft amendment of the Teachers Law, which will establish an award mechanism for teachers who have made significant contributions to education. The draft amendment is open to public consultation until December 20. The draft revision also regulates the basic rights and obligations of teachers, including the right to assess students’ behavior and academic performance as well as the rights to praise, reward, criticize and discipline students, according to the draft revision. Click here to read…

College teacher punished for insulting comments on Chinese history: Global Times
November 29, 2021

A teacher of Nanjing University of Finance & Economics was punished for releasing insulting comments on Chinese history. He has been removed from his teaching post and demanded to make a public apology. Some netizens said that Feng Jihai, a teacher from the School of Journalism in Nanjing University of Finance & Economics, had released improper and insulting words on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media. Click here to read…

China-India border: building boom in the Himalayas as Beijing shores up troops and weapons for winter: South China Morning Post
November 30, 2021

China has built underground shelters along its borders with India in the Himalayas to protect its troops and weapons as tensions between the two countries persist into the harsh winter.The People’s Liberation Army Western Theatre Command, which oversees the border areas with India, has sped up construction of below-ground facilities to preserve most of its strategic bases and barracks, according to Chinese state media and a military observer. Posts appeared on Chinese social media showing the subterranean structures and quoted experts at a recent impact dynamics seminar organised by State Key Laboratory of Explosion Science and Technology in Beijing as saying they were designed for military assets of strategic value, such as an underground command centre, hangars or missile storage. Click here to read…

Chinese province targets journalists, foreign students with planned new surveillance system: Reuters
November 30, 2021

Security officials in one of China’s largest provinces have commissioned a surveillance system they say they want to use to track journalists and international students among other “suspicious people”, documents reviewed by Reuters showed. A July 29 tender document published on the Henan provincial government’s procurement website – reported in the media for the first time – details plans for a system that can compile individual files on such persons of interest coming to Henan using 3,000 facial recognition cameras that connect to various national and regional databases. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 23, 2021

China’s military studies, implements spirit of key Party plenum: Xinhuanet
November 22, 2021

Two senior Chinese military officials, Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia, have asked all levels of the armed forces to study and implement the spirit of the sixth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Xu and Zhang, both members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks on Monday when meeting with members of the delegation interpreting and promoting the spirit of the plenum. Click here to read…

China to improve policy support for SMEs: People’s Daily
November 23, 2021

China will further improve supportive policies to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) tide over difficulties, according to a circular released by the General Office of the State Council. SMEs are the main force behind national economic and social development, but they are facing rising corporate costs and operational difficulties due to higher raw material prices, high logistics costs, sporadic resurgences of COVID-19, and power cuts in some areas, among other factors, the document noted. Click here to read…

China to launch pilot reform project on business environment in six cities: People’s Daily
November 23, 2021

According to a recent guideline issued by China’s State Council, Six Chinese cities will launch a pilot reform project to improve business environment. The six cities are respectively Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Lu Xiangdong, an official from the General Office of the State Council, introduced that the guideline was issued after the State Council solicited a wide range of opinions from market entities and relevant parties and held in-depth discussions. Over 100 reform measures in 10 fields were raised, the official added. Click here to read…

Virtual currency pyramid scheme busted in east China: People’s Daily
November 23, 2021

Police in China have busted a virtual currency-themed online pyramid scheme involving some 110,000 people and 1 billion yuan (about 156.4 million U.S. dollars). In April, police in Suining, east China’s Jiangsu Province, received a tip-off from a person who claimed to be trapped in the pyramid scheme operated by an investment platform called BBGO. Click here to read…

NDRC: Price level stable, controllable: People’s Daily
November 23, 2021

China has the confidence and capability to keep prices stable within a reasonable range despite the expected inflationary pressure likely continuing globally, the country’s top economic regulator said. In recent months, prices of vegetables fluctuated periodically in some parts of China due to extreme weather such as heavy rains and low temperatures. Consumer goods prices also jumped due to rising energy and bulk commodity prices, the National Development and Reform Commission said. Click here to read…

China, ASEAN embark on new chapter with comprehensive strategic partnership: People’s Daily
November 23, 2021

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) elevated their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership on Monday, a step forward towards building a closer community with a shared future. This milestone development in bilateral ties, announced at the ASEAN-China Special Summit to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations held virtually, is expected to promote peace, stability and prosperity not only in the region, but also across the world. Click here to read…

Greater efforts urged to encourage births as population growth slows: China Daily
November 23, 2021

Demographers have called for more efficient implementation of supportive measures to encourage births to address the country’s dwindling population growth, as indicated in the recently released China Statistical Yearbook 2021. The birthrate last year was 8.52 births per thousand people, the lowest level since 1978, according to the yearbook, which was compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics and published over the weekend. Click here to read…

Marriages in 2020 fall to 17-year low as declining trend continues: Global Times
November 22, 2021

The latest official data from China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that 8.14 million marriages were registered in 2020, down 1.13 million from 2019 and the lowest level in 17 years. But the divorce rate dropped last year, halting a years-long upward trend. This marks the seventh consecutive year of decline in marriages since 2013, when 13.4693 million couples were married. The number in 2020 was also the lowest since 2003, when 8.114 million marriages were registered, according to the China Statistical Yearbook 2021 published by the NBS recently. Click here to read…

China to establish negative list on celebrity-related content which promotes distorted values, hypes comeback of tainted entertainers: Global Times
November 23, 2021

China’s top internet regulator said it will establish a negative list to prohibit celebrity-related content from promoting distorted values, including abnormal aesthetics, hyping of vulgar scandals, and content that induces fans to blindly idolize celebrities or hype the comeback of entertainers who have illegal and unethical records. The notice released by Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Tuesday listed 15 measures in four aspects to strengthen how the online information about celebrities should be presented – content-oriented, information presentation, account management, mechanism of public opinion. Click here to read…

China to phase out less efficient electric motors in new green push: Global Times
November 22, 2021

China aims to tap into high-efficiency, energy-saving motors to further its green drive, according to a circular released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). The circular, an action plan that covers the period from 2021-23, stipulates that such advanced motors should account for over 20 percent of all motors in service by 2023, a move that will save 49 billion kilowatt (kW) hours of electricity a year. The annual production capacity of such motors should hit 170 million kW hours by 2023. Click here to read…

China outbound tourism set to jump more than 25% this year: Reuters
November 22, 2021

Chinese outbound tourism numbers are set to jump by more than 25% this year from 2020 but remain “basically at a standstill” compared to pre-pandemic levels, state broadcaster CCTV reported on Monday, citing official projections. The dramatic drop in travellers from China, the world’s most populous nation, since the rapid spread of coronavirus early last year, has left a $255 billion annual spending hole in the global tourism market. Click here to read…

China tests high-altitude weapons performance near border with India: South China Morning Post
November 23, 2021

China’s live-fire drills near its Himalayan border with India, revealed on Sunday by state media, showed the PLA had set up comprehensive training standards specifically designed for high-altitude artillery operations, according to military analysts. Footage broadcast by China Central Television showed infantry troops from the Xinjiang military district, part of the Western Theatre Command, conducting precision strike drills at an elevation of 5,200 metres (17,000 feet) in the Karakoram mountains. Click here to read…

Africa Now – Weekly Newsletter (Week 47, 2021)

Welcome to Africa Now, your weekly newsletter for Africa, presenting the most important developments in the continent – news that matters.

COMMENTARY

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

When the coronavirus first emerged last year, health officials feared the pandemic would sweep across Africa, killing millions. Although it’s still unclear what COVID-19’s ultimate toll will be, that catastrophic scenario has yet to materialize in Zimbabwe or much of the continent. Click here to read…

NEWS

US State Department urges US citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately

The US State Department on Tuesday again urged US citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country immediately, adding that the United States has no plans to facilitate an evacuation via military or commercial aircraft as Washington steps up pressure to bring an end to the conflict in Ethiopia. Click here to read…

Guinea’s transitional president promises smooth transition of power

Transitional president of Guinea, Mamady Doumbouya has reiterated his vision of a successful transition to his various ministers. He said this during the first meeting of Ministers under the CNRD which took place on Thursday, November 18. Click here to read…

Document leak shows Kabila family, associates looted DRC funds

The largest leak of financial documents from Africa shows how a private bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo was used to channel at least $138 million of public funds to former President Joseph Kabila’s family and associates. Click here to read…

Blinken opens his 1st official visit to Africa in Kenya, seeks preservation of democracy in region

Unites States secretary of state Antony Blinken appealed Wednesday for the preservation of democracy in politically and ethnically fractured societies as he opened his first official visit to Africa in Kenya amid worsening crises in neighbouring Ethiopia and Sudan. Click here to read…

New Law in Kenya Allows Refugees to Work

This week, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a new law that will give a half-million refugees in the country an opportunity to earn a living, instead of depending on the aid agencies that assisted them for three decades. Click here to read…

Mozambique’s Matias Guente wins International Press Freedom Award

This year’s International Press Freedom Award recipient is Matias Guente, the editor of Mozambique’s independent weekly investigative publication, Canal de Mocambique (CanalMoz — online version). Click here to read…

Completion of Somalia elections more important than ever: UN envoy

Although progress has been made in Somalia’s electoral process, it has been slow and uneven, the UN Special Representative for the country said in a briefing to the Security Council on Wednesday. Click here to read…

S Africa urged to open diplomatic mission

Bangladesh has urged the South African government to establish a diplomatic representation in Dhaka in order to facilitate consular and other cooperation as the two countries seek greater cooperation in broader areas. Click here to read…

5 dead in crackdown on protest against military coup in Sudan

At least five people were killed and dozens injured on Saturday when army chiefs in Sudan cracked down on mass rallies protesting against last month’s military coup. Click here to read…

IMF Staff Concludes Article IV Mission to Zimbabwe

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Dhaneshwar Ghura, Mission Chief for Zimbabwe, held discussions through virtual meetings in the context of the 2021 Article IV consultation from October 25 to November 16, 2021. Click here to read…

Morocco Launches “Fastvolt” its First Fast Recharging Network

Electrical transportation specialist Afrimobility deployed its first network of Fastvolt fast-charging stations in Morocco. Click here to read…

INDIA IN AFRICA

Rwanda, India Sign Agreements, Explore New Areas of Cooperation

Rwanda and the India on Monday, November 15, signed several pending agreements, as the two countries welcome a fresh momentum of existing bilateral relations.The signing was held between Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Vincent Biruta, and India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan, on behalf of their respective countries. Click here to read…

India’s external affairs minister visits Rwanda

India’s Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri V. Muraleedharan, is in Kigali for a two-day visit, to among others give fresh momentum to the two countries’ bilateral relations. Click here to read…

MoS Meenakshi Lekhi Discusses Bilateral Ties with Egypt Ambassador

Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi met Egypt’s Ambassador Wael Hamed to discuss ongoing bilateral cooperation and initiatives in many fields. Lekhi took to Twitter to wish Egypt’s Ambassador a successful stay in India. Click here to read…

India committed to partner Ghana for development- High Commissioner

Mr Sugandh Rajaram, the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, has reiterated the Government of India’s commitment in partnering Ghana for development. He noted that India had been the largest development partner over the years with a lot of businesses in Ghana over the decades. Click here to read…

Cultural ties between Tunisia, India are deep: Ambassador Hayet Talbi

Tunisian Ambassador to India, Hayet Talbi talks about how the scenic locations of Tunisia can cater to the needs of the Indian filmmakers looking to shoot outside India, and the need to make Tunisian cinema more accessible to the Indian audiences. Click here to read…

India’s Jindal plans to start building Botswana coal mine in 2022

India’s Jindal Steel & Power will start building a coal mine in Botswana’s southeastern Mmamabula coalfields in 2022, aiming to supply the export market and a planned coal power plant, a company official said. The Indian industrial giant aims for the mine to produce 4.5 million tonnes of coal per year. Click here to read…

Indian Navy to commission two new platforms next week

To deal with the growing Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Indian Navy is getting ready to enhance its capability at sea when it commissions two new platforms in service next week. Click here to read…

India-UN Development Partnership Fund Supports Smallholder Farmers of Zimbabwe

India has handed over small grains production inputs and training material to the World Food Programme (WFP) for building resilience of smallholder farmers in Mangwe and Chiredzi districts in Zimbabwe.Click here to read…

Kenyan imports hurting quality of Indian tea

Higher imports of Kenyan Tea have started denting the quality of Assam orthodox, Nilgiri orthodox, Kangra and Darjeeling teas owing to a section of blenders’ illegal blending. This, the Tea Board of India (TBI) fears, would adversely affect the brand name of Indian tea in the global market. Click here to read…

Indian sugar enters Egyptian market to fill Brazil’s void

Indian sugar has found its way into the Egyptian market, filling the space left empty by Brazil, according to traders. The transcontinental nation is probably buying sugar for the first time in decades from India after having sourced it from the Latin American country till now. Click here to read…

India, 12 nations vow to tackle emerging common maritime threats

Adopting a common stance at the Goa Maritime Conclave, 13 nations, including India, vowed to prioritise key maritime interests in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with an emphasis on capacity building to tackle emerging common maritime threats. The Declaration of Common Maritime Priorities was unveiled on the final day of the Goa Maritime Conclave by chief of naval staff Admiral Karambir Singh and the naval chiefs of the eight other nations.Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 10, 2021

China Coast Guard holds first high-level meeting with Pakistani counterpart: Xinhuanet
November 10, 2021

The China Coast Guard (CCG) and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency have held their first high-level meeting, via video link, with both sides vowing further cooperation for maritime law enforcement. During their virtual meeting on Monday, both sides reviewed the gains from their cooperation in recent years, discussed the direction for future cooperation and exchanged views on issues of mutual concern, according to a CCG statement. Click here to read…

China reiterates crackdown on advertising off-campus tutoring: Xinhuanet

November 10, 2021

Chinese authorities have issued a notice on regulating the advertisement of off-campus tutoring, making clear work plans on the issue, according to the State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) on Tuesday. The notice was jointly published by nine regulators, including the SAMR, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the Cyberspace Administration of China and the Ministry of Education. Click here to read…

New-type militia groups in Xizang help enhance defense capabilities: China Military

November 9, 2021

In late autumn, a joint search and rescue task was carried out on Kuoqiong Gangri glacier in Southwest China’s Xizang Autonomous Region. At an altitude of 5,500 meters, members of the Snow Wolf Mountaineering Expedition, a new-type militia group founded just one year ago, collaborated with the mobile rescue troops under the Xizang Contingent of the People’s Armed Police Force (PAP) and an aerial rescue squadron of an army aviation brigade for a joint search and rescue task. Click here to read…

Companies respond to US chip survey but withhold key data: People’s Daily
November 10, 2021

More than 30 foreign and domestic chip companies have submitted data as requested by the United States government to address a chip shortage crisis, but they withheld key information that they consider sensitive. In September, the US Commerce Department, in a move described by one observer as “counterproductive”, asked major semiconductor manufacturers and buyers, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, or TSMC, Samsung, Intel and Apple, to provide information on inventories and sales of chips by Monday. Click here to read…

PLA at China-India border has upgraded logistics to brave winter: Global Times
November 9, 2021

Chinese frontline troops at the China-India border are getting prepared in logistics for the upcoming winter, with several new measures and facilities revealed for the first time to improve the living and working condition of officers and soldiers, which have further boosted their morale as well as the capability to patrol and execute tasks in the high-altitude region during harsh weather.Click here to read…

Hydrogen cars to take off despite high costs, lack of infrastructure: Global Times

November 9, 2021

As electric car companies continue to grow rapidly in China, another type of new-energy vehicle (NEV) – hydrogen-powered vehicles, are also starting to join the race. Alongside a silver-colored NEXO car at the Hyundai booth during the fourth China International Import Expo (CIIE), a representative from the South Korean car giant is besieged by all kinds of questions from a gathering crowd of onlookers. Click here to read…

Beijing responds to US lawmakers’ Taiwan visit with joint forces patrol: South China Morning Post
November 10, 2021

Beijing staged a joint combat readiness patrol towards Taiwan on Tuesday, coinciding with the arrival of a US congressional delegation – on board a military aircraft – to the self-ruled island. According to a brief notice issued by the PLA’s Eastern Theatre Command, the patrol was conducted near the Taiwan Strait to further improve the joint combat capability of “multiple military services and branches”. Click here to read…

COP26: China says it does not want climate solutions held up by disagreement over global warming goal: South China Morning Post
November 9, 2021

China does not want differences over specific climate targets to hold up action on bigger issues at COP26, according to Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua. Xie said a major hurdle at the talks had been the suggestion by some countries to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. That target is more ambitious than the one laid out in the 2015 Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius and pursue efforts to control it within 1.5 degrees. Click here to read…

Taiwan defense report focuses on China’s “grey zone” coercion: Kyodo News
November 9, 2021

China is becoming more diversified in its threat against Taiwan through military and nonmilitary means such as the “grey zone” threats to secure a strategic advantage, Taiwan’s defense ministry said in its biennial defense white paper. The 2021 National Defense Report was referring to Chinese activities that involve military and nonmilitary forms of assertiveness and coercion aimed at achieving strategic goals without provoking actual conflict. Click here to read…

Cross-strait education exchanges must adhere to Taiwan law, says MOE: Focus Taiwan
November 10, 2021

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung on Tuesday warned all Taiwan-based colleges and universities that they are not permitted to engage in activities with Chinese individuals, groups or agencies outside the confines of Taiwan law. Citing the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has warned tertiary institutions that any exchanges with China deemed as non-academic are unlawful, Pan said. Click here to read…

China’s factory inflation hits 26-year high as power crunch bites: Reuters
November 10, 2021

China’s factory gate inflation hit a 26-year high in October as coal prices soared amid a power crunch in the country’s industrial heartland, further squeezing profit margins for producers and heightening stagflation concerns. The producer price index climbed 13.5% from a year earlier, faster than the 10.7% rise in September, the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 09, 2021

19th CPC Central Committee holds sixth plenary session: Xinhuanet
November 8, 2021

The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) started its sixth plenary session in Beijing on Monday. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a work report on behalf of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and made explanations on a draft resolution on the major achievements and historical experience of the CPC’s 100 years of endeavors. Click here to read…

China’s passenger car sales down, but new-energy sector thrives: Xinhuanet
November 8, 2021

China’s passenger car production declined 4.1 percent year on year in October while sales fell 13.9 percent from a year earlier, data from an industry association showed Monday. Bucking the trend, the country’s sales of new-energy passenger vehicles soared 141.1 percent year on year to 321,000 units in October, according to the China Passenger Car Association. Click here to read…

China’s central bank rolls out new lending tool for carbon reduction: Xinhuanet
November 8, 2021

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the nation’s central bank, said on Monday that it has rolled out a supporting tool for carbon reduction as part of efforts to facilitate the country’s goal of carbon neutrality. The bank will provide low-cost loans for financial institutions through the carbon-reduction supporting tool, and will guide those institutions to provide loans to firms in key carbon-reduction fields on the premise of independent decision-making and risk-taking, according to a statement released by the PBOC. Click here to read…

China to promote TCM accessibility for children: Xinhuanet
November 8, 2021

China’s health authority has issued a document on plans to promote children’s health over the next five years. The document includes measures to provide better traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) services for kids at community clinics and home. The document, issued and published by the National Health Commission, said medical and health institutions have been encouraged to use TCM techniques in basic medical treatment, disease prevention and healthcare services for children. Click here to read…

Nation to share its Beidou expertise: China Daily
November 9, 2021

China and Africa will strengthen their communication and cooperation in promoting and using the Beidou Navigation Satellite System, according to participants at an international forum that was held in Beijing on Friday. Officials, industry leaders and researchers from China, several African nations and the African Union shared their thoughts at the First China-Africa Beidou System Cooperation Forum and agreed to take advantage of the Beidou system to further social and economic development in Africa. Click here to read…

New COVID cases surpass 1,000 in less than one month: China Daily
November 9, 2021

After 65 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday, the overall number of locally transmitted confirmed coronavirus patients during the latest outbreak that started on Oct 17 on the Chinese mainland has reached 1,067, according to the Beijing Daily newspaper. The new locally transmitted cases reported by the National Health Commission were scattered across 11 provincial-level regions, including 20 reported in Liaoning province. During the latest outbreak, all the local cases in Liaoning were reported in the port city of Dalian, according to the provincial health commission. Click here to read…

China delivers largest, most advanced warship to Pakistan: Global Times
November 8, 2021

China on Monday delivered to Pakistan the largest and most advanced warship China has ever exported, in a move that highlights the friendship between the two countries and will contribute to the two countries’ all-weather strategic cooperative partnership. Designed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC), the frigate was delivered to the Pakistan Navy in a commissioning ceremony in Shanghai, CSSC announced in a statement on Monday. The Type 054A/P frigate was named the PNS Tughril, according to a statement the Pakistan Navy sent to the Global Times on Monday. Click here to read…

PLA conducts multiple drills in western plateau after India’s exercises ‘targeting China’: Global Times
November 8, 2021

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) revealed it conducted multiple drills in its western plateau over the past week. This comes after the Indian military launched a major exercise along the border with China at the start of the month. Chinese experts said on Monday that the response displays the PLA’s capabilities in safeguarding national sovereignty and security as it faces India’s provocations. An artillery regiment affiliated with the PLA Xinjiang Military Command recently conducted a comprehensive, cross-day-and-night exercise in a high-altitude region, involving live-fire shooting of PCL-181 155mm self-propelled howitzers and PHL-11 122mm multiple rocket launchers, as the drill tested the troops’ fire strike efficiency and combat capabilities under the harsh cold in plateau regions, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Saturday. Click here to read…

China’s new J-16D electronic attack jet joins combat training with other warplanes: South China Morning Post
November 9, 2021

China’s new J-16D electronic attack jet has begun combat training alongside other advanced warplanes, according to state television, a dogfight strategy said to be inspired by that of the US Air Force. The J-16D – an electronic warfare version of the J-16 multirole strike fighter – was part of a joint combat drill soon after it made its public debut at the Zhuhai Airshow in late September, CCTV reported on Saturday. Wang Mingliang, a researcher at the PLA Air Force Command College in Beijing, told the state broadcaster that the new aircraft – which can carry a range of weapons, interference and surveillance devices – would be more effective when working with other warplanes like the J-20 stealth fighter jet. Click here to read…

China’s ruling party begins key meeting with Xi aiming to boost clout: Kyodo News
November 8, 2021

China’s Communist Party kicked off a key four-day meeting in Beijing on Monday to discuss a pivotal resolution on the nation’s history, state-run media reported, as President Xi Jinping has been paving the way for a controversial third term as its leader. The sixth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the ruling party is expected to end Thursday after a resolution is adopted on the major achievements and historical experiences of its 100 years of endeavors. Such a resolution would mark the first declaration on Chinese history in 40 years and only the third by the party founded in 1921. Click here to read…

China state council think-tank met developers, banks, says source, as debt woes mount: Reuters
November 9, 2021

A think-tank of China’s powerful state council met real estate developers and banks in Shenzhen city, a source with direct knowledge of the meeting told Reuters, amid intensifying worries over a liquidity crisis in the country’s property sector. Participants at the meeting, which took place on Monday, included China Vanke, Kaisa Group, Ping An Bank, China Citic Bank , China Construction Bank and CR Trust, according to the source. Investors are concerned about liquidity woes spreading in China’s property sector, with a string of offshore debt defaults, credit rating downgrades and sell-offs in some developers’ shares and bonds in recent weeks. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 08, 2021

China’s power supply back to normal, says State Grid: Xinhuanet
November 7, 2021

The State Grid Corporation of China on Sunday said that the supply and demand of power in areas operated by the company have returned to normal. The thermal coal inventory in the company’s operating area has rebounded to 99.32 million tonnes, while the available days of consumption has risen to 20, said the company. Click here to read…

China firmly opposes U.S. report on Chinese military and security developments: China Military
November 7, 2021

“China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the report on Chinese military and security developments released by the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) on November 5, 2021. Click here to read…

U.S. vicious slanders on China over COVID-19 origins tracing and the truth: People’s Daily
November 7, 2021

For some time, various lies and rumors concocted by the U.S. side against China on origins tracing have been repeatedly refuted by China and the international community with detailed facts and data. So far, more than 80 countries and over 300 political parties, social organizations and think tanks have opposed the politicization of COVID-19 origins tracing in various ways. The U.S. intelligence department recently released a declassified version of its assessment report on COVID-19 origins. Continuously disregarding science-based origins tracing, the report insinuated that “the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences leaked the virus”, and accused China of lacking transparency and obstructing international investigations. Click here to read…

China loads fuel at nuclear unit equipped with home-grown reactor: People’s Daily
November 8, 2021

Fuel loading has started at China’s second nuclear power unit using Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design, after the first one entered commercial operations earlier this year. The loading started on Saturday at the No. 6 nuclear power unit in the city of Fuqing, in east China’s Fujian Province, bringing the unit one step closer to operation, according to the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). Click here to read…

Senior Chinese lawmakers hear reports on draft laws: China Daily
November 6, 2021

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) held a meeting of its Council of Chairpersons on Friday afternoon to hear reports on draft laws and draft law amendments. Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, presided over the meeting. Click here to read…

Stand News editor-in-chief steps down, signaling end of anti-govt media: Global Times
November 7, 2021

Chung Pui-kuen, editor-in-chief of Hong Kong digital news outlet Stand News, announced he stepped down from the position for family reasons, local media reported on Sunday. Experts in Hong Kong said the decision was not surprising and signals the end of an anti-government media whose legacy is its infamous role in the social unrest in Hong Kong. Citing a post on Chung’s social media account, Hong Kong news outlet RTHK said the deputy chief of Stand News, Patrick Lam, had taken over the position from November 1. Click here to read…

19th CPC Central Committee kicks off sixth plenary session, to table landmark resolution: Global Times
November 8, 2021

The sixth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) kicked off on Monday. Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, delivered a work report on behalf of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and made explanations on a draft resolution on the major achievements and historical experience of the CPC’s 100 years of endeavors. The sixth plenary session will conclude on Thursday. Click here to read…

Innovation of twin-seat J-20 stealth fighter to lead world, military experts say after reported maiden flight: Global Times
November 7, 2021

China has reportedly conducted the maiden flight of the twin-seat variation of the J-20 recently, as the aircraft became the world’s first stealth fighter jet with two seats to fly. Chinese military analysts said on Sunday that the new warplane uses innovations that could potentially change warfare and lead the world. A two-seat prototype of the J-20 fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft has conducted what appears to have been its maiden flight, UK-based Jane’s Defence Weekly reported on Friday, citing an image that emerged on the same day on social media platforms. Click here to read…

China to strictly curb coal by 2025 and raise the share of consumption of non-fossil energy to about 20%: Global Times
November 8, 2021

On the premise of ensuring energy security, China will accelerate the pace of coal reduction during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) and raise the share of non-fossil energy consumption to about 20 percent, according to a document released on Sunday. The guidelines published on Sunday by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council on further promoting the battle against pollution, accelerating green and low-carbon development was among the main drivers. Click here to read…

China-India trade in 2021 exceeds $100 billion for the first time in October: Global Times
November 7, 2021

The General Administration of Customs (GAC) of China revealed on Sunday the country’s international trade data for October with a year-on-year increase of 22.2 percent. GAC’s data also shows that the international trade volume between China and India reached $102.29 billion, exceeding the milestone of $100 billion for the first time in 2021.Qian Feng, Director of the Research Department of the National Strategy Institute of Tsinghua University, told the Global Times on Sunday that the surge in bilateral trade demonstrates the complementarity of two major developing economics. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 3, 2021

Chinese vice premier stresses efforts to ensure energy supply: Xinhuanet
November 2 2021

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Tuesday stressed efforts to ensure the supply of energy this winter and next spring under the new concept for development. Han, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks when chairing a symposium during an inspection trip to the State Grid Corporation of China. Click here to read…

Chinese premier urges efforts to foster, strengthen market entities: Xinhuanet
November 2 2021

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has underlined the importance of work to foster and strengthen market entities to stimulate market vitality and social creativity. Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while chairing a symposium during an inspection trip to the State Administration for Market Regulation on Monday. Click here to read…

China bans private contact between judges and lawyers to uphold judicial integrity: Xinhuanet
November 2 2021

Private contact has been banned between judges and lawyers, and between prosecutors and lawyers, according to newly introduced Chinese regulations aimed at better safeguarding judicial integrity and justice. Click here to read…

China steps up development of subsidized rental housing: Xinhuanet
November 2 2021

China has accelerated the development of government-subsidized rental housing as part of the country’s efforts to better meet people’s housing needs. In the first nine months, 40 cities across the country have started the construction of 720,000 government-subsidized apartment units, accounting for 76.9 percent of their full-year target of 936,000 units, showed data from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. Click here to read…

Senior CPC official calls for imbibing revolutionary history to advance national rejuvenation: People’s Daily
November 3 2021

Wang Huning, senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday emphasized learning from the country’s revolutionary history and pushing forward the great cause of national rejuvenation. Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks in Beijing while attending a symposium marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Soviet Republic and the central revolutionary base. Click here to read…

Hacking from India rose in past 2 years, targeted China’s medical industry using forged physical examination forms at the beginning of epidemic: Global Times
November 2 2021

Hackers from India have been caught actively launching cyberattacks targeting China’s multiple sectors as well as individuals in the past two years during the epidemic, and their attacks are largely on the rise in the first half of 2021, the Global Times learnt from an exclusive interview with Chinese tech giant 360 Security Technology on Tuesday. Click here to read…

China rolls out largest integrally formed propellant tank bottom of new launch vehicle: Global Times
November 3 2021

China rolled out the largest integrally formed propellant tank bottom of the new launch vehicle in the country, which was built using new spinning technology developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST) with a diameter of 3.8 meters, The Paper published on Tuesday. The entire length of the tank is 21 meters, which is one of the longest units to launch vehicles in China, according to the report. Click here to read…

Beijing stock market publishes draft rules for trading and membership management: Global Times
November 3 2021

The Beijing Stock Exchange published on Tuesday the draft rules for trading and management of its membership. This is one step closer to the opening of the third stock exchange in the A-share market just over two months after it was announced. The draft rules that add to the 31 specific rules that provide guidance for IPOs, fundraising and mergers and acquisitions, company regulations, securities trading, and membership management, among others will be effective on November 15, the Beijing stock said in a late-night statement on its website. Click here to read…

China considers new mix of tax, fee reductions for small, micro-sized businesses: Global Times
November 3 2021

China is mulling a new mix of tax and fee reductions to address hardships confronting small and micro-sized businesses and self-employed people, Premier Li Keqiang said during an inspection tour to the country’s top market regulator, the Securities Times reported Tuesday. Click here to read…

Chinese firm to build Tiansuan satellite constellation to support 6G development: Global Times
November 2 2021

Chinese private satellite company Spacety and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) have inked a deal to jointly launch a series of satellites to build an open-source platform that could support the development of 6G network, satellite internet and other technologies. The project, the Tiansuan Constellation, is a satellite constellation targeting computing software and algorithms. Combining computing software – the core network systems of 5G and 6G, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) – with satellites has become a popular scientific research topic, Fu Yunhao, an employee from Spacety told the Global Times on Tuesday. Click here to read…

Shenzhen relaxes rules for developers buying land, backing away from the cap that sent real estate auctions into a tailspin: South China Morning Post
November 3 2021

Shenzhen has relaxed the conditions for taking part in land sales, one of the first among China’s local authorities to backtrack from the draconian measures that have sent the entire country’s real estate industry into a tailspin. According to the new rules laid out by the Planning and Natural Resources Bureau of China’s technology metropolis, more than one developer will be allowed to bid for land at the same price, where the competition will be based on how many homes they can build under the “affordable” price category. The bureau put 11 plots on the market last week, the third land sale this year. Click here to read…

China to strengthen personal data protection in fintech sector: Reuters
November 3 2021

China will strengthen personal protections in the financial technology sector to curb unauthorised data collection and abuses, the country’s central bank chief said on Wednesday. Beijing will improve the legal frameworks in the sector and countries should jointly set standards for personal data protection, People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang said via video at the Hong Kong Fintech week. Click here to read…

China’s COVID-19 cases spike ahead of Communist Party conclave: Reuters
November 3 2021

China’s new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases spiked to a near three-month high and tighter curbs to contain the spread are expected in the capital Beijing ahead of a key gathering of the highest-ranking members of the Communist Party next week.The National Health Commission confirmed on Wednesday 93 new local symptomatic cases for Nov. 2, up from 54 a day earlier and the highest daily count since Aug. 9 at the peak of China’s last major outbreak. Click here to read…

China: Daily Scan, November 2, 2021

Zheng Shanjie elected as Party chief of Anhui: Xinhuanet
November 1, 2021

Zheng Shanjie was elected secretary of Anhui Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Monday. Zheng was elected to the post at the first plenary session of the 11th CPC Anhui Provincial Committee. Click here to read…

China’s personal information law comes into effect: Xinhuanet
November 1, 2021

China’s law on personal information protection came into effect on Monday. The law, adopted at the 30th session of the 13th National People’s Congress Standing Committee in August, has detailed provisions to strengthen the protection of personal information, especially that of online platform users. Click here to read…

Xi calls for stronger actions to jointly tackle climate challenge: Xinhuanet
November 1, 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on all parties to take stronger actions to jointly tackle the climate challenge. Xi made the remarks in a written statement for the World Leaders Summit at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is being held in Glasgow from Monday to Tuesday. Click here to read…

China’s tight coal supply easing, prices stabilizing, says NDRC: Xinhuanet
November 1, 2021

China has seen significant improvement in its coal supply as production has significantly expanded and prices have stabilized, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Since mid-October, the country’s average daily coal production has been above 11.5 million tonnes, with the highest figure in recent years reaching 11.72 million tonnes, the NDRC said. Click here to read…

China’s former provincial legislator prosecuted: Xinhuanet
November 1, 2021

A public prosecution has been initiated against Zhang Xinqi, a former senior legislator of east China’s Shandong Province, over suspected bribery. The Nanjing Municipal People’s Procuratorate recently filed the lawsuit with the Intermediate People’s Court of Nanjing, an official statement said Monday. Click here to read…

Xi signs order to promulgate regulations on military equipment procurement: China Military
November 2, 2021

Xi Jinping, chairman of the Central Military Commission, has signed an order to promulgate a set of regulations on military equipment procurement. Focusing on war preparedness and combat capabilities, the regulations are the basic rules governing military equipment procurement. The regulations, comprising 42 articles in eight chapters, took effect on Nov 1, 2021. Click here to read…

China busts cyberattacks from India targeted at China’s defense and military departments: People’s Daily
November 2, 2021

A number of cyberattacks targeting China and countries in the South Asian Subcontinent have been busted this year with hackers from India behind the attempts to launch attacks on China’s defense and military units as well as state-owned enterprises, Antiy Labs, the country’s leading anti-virus company, announced on Monday. Click here to read…

PLA sent nearly 200 aircraft near Taiwan in record month: Global Times
November 1, 2021

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reportedly sent nearly 200 aircraft to the aerial area near the island of Taiwan for exercises in October, in a move that experts said on Monday has deterred Taiwan secessionist provocations and foreign interference attempts. During the drills, the PLA broke the record on several occasions and dispatched attack and transport helicopters for the first time. Click here to read…

NGO with overseas backing punished for deploying monitoring network covering East, South China Sea, with 22 sites close to Chinese navy: Global Times
November 1, 2021

A non-profit organization sets up marine debris surveillance spots basically covering China’s coastal linesAfter an individual attended a non-profit conference on the oceans and learned that the organization set up marine debris surveillance spots in China’s coastal cities to gather the information of the oceans, the person reported this situation to state security authorities in June 2019. The person in charge in the organization claimed that all the monitoring data was for government collection and use, and asked every surveillance location to report data through internet every two months at the excuse of certain state-affiliated departments requiring such data. Click here to read…

China’s first securities arbitration center launched in Shenzhen: Global Times
November 2, 2021

China’s first securities arbitration center, a joint initiative between the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, was launched on Monday in Shenzhen. The center is part of the country’s pioneering reforms with the first arbitration organization in the world that has been jointly established between an arbitration organ and a stock market. Click here to read…

PRC targets binge eating and wasting food in crackdown: Taipei Times

November 2, 2021

In its latest campaign to rein in excesses across all aspects of society, China is now targeting overindulgence of food. Beijing yesterday released an action plan that tells diners not to order more than they need and encourages consumers to report restaurants for wasting food. It also advocates buffets for official receptions rather than banquets, while banning companies from hosting lavish feasts “in the name of meetings and trainings.” Click here to read…

Chinese satellite hints at space warfare prowess by dodging US surveillance: South China Morning Post

November 2, 2021

A Chinese satellite has used a manoeuvre to avoid being followed by a spying US satellite, hinting at its capability in potential space warfare. But some defence analysts said the scenario was not new and the incident should not be seen as escalating the rivalry between China and the United States in space. “It is not difficult to monitor satellites,” said Chinese military commentator Song Zhongping. “The US, Russia and China are all able to monitor each other’s satellites in orbit. But the US will certainly plan its space infrastructure through monitoring the satellites of China and Russia.” Such monitoring and manoeuvring was not necessarily for a military purpose, he said. Click here to read…

Chinese state-owned think tank flags national security risks of metaverse, citing potential political and social problems: South China Morning Post

November 1, 2021

A state-run think tank in China has warned of national security risks involved with the metaverse, as both Big Tech companies and start-ups join the gold rush in trying to make this concept of a shared virtual reality space a viable business model.
While the metaverse is still in its early stage of development, its “technological characteristics” and “development patterns” show that it has potential national security significance, according to a research note published on Saturday by the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relation, which is affiliated with China’s Ministry of State Security. Click here to read…