China in the News: March 7, 2021

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China looks to close the chapter on coronavirus with big targets for 2021 at its annual National People’s Congress

One year after coronavirus battered the global economy, Beijing’s leaders are signalling to the world it’s ready to close the chapter on the pandemic.ABC NewsYesterday

China NPC: Beijing to overhaul Hong Kong electoral system

China’s top law-making body has unveiled plans to ensure only “patriots” can govern Hong Kong, as Beijing tightens its grip on the city with changes to the …BBC News2 days ago

How China’s Belt and Road and an Australian mining company could be the deciding issues in the Greenland election

Greenlanders are weighing up the delicate balance of economic growth, foreign influence and their environment as an election campaign largely centred on a …ABC News9 hours ago

How the US military is preparing for a war with China

Admiral James Stavridis was 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He sp.Nikkei Asia8 hours ago

Taiwan is in ‘imminent danger’ of being forced to unify with China

Taiwan is in imminent danger, the US Senate has been warned. Now the world has to decide what it will do about it.NEWS.com.au15 hours ago

China exports spike to highest in decades after Covid-19 hit

China’s export growth jumped to the highest in over two decades, official data showed Sunday, with imports also surging in a sharp bounceback from the …Yahoo Finance Australia36 minutes ago

Leaders aren’t talking and trade tensions remain, but Chinese students haven’t abandoned Australia … yet

Chinese people in Australia lodge more student visa applications in the month of January this year than in January during any previous year.ABC News2 days ago

Experts call for second China investigation into the source of COVID-19

International virus experts are demanding another investigation into the source of COVID-19, amid concerns China had too much control over the last.NEWS.com.auYesterday

New African swine fever variants kill millions of pigs in China, devastating herd rebuild plan

A second wave of African swine fever (ASF) is estimated to have killed as many as eight million pigs in China since the start of the year, derailing the country’s …ABC News3 days ago

China’s Media Repression Extends to Hong Kong, Report Finds

China is becoming an increasingly hostile environment for foreign media who are experiencing “tumultuous times” in the country, according to the Foreign …VOA Asia19 hours ago

Joe Biden enlists ‘Quad’ allies to counter China

President Joe Biden is poised to hold the first ever quadrilateral US summit with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, as the four countries step up …Financial Times1 hour ago

How China is remaking the world in its vision

This is an edited extract of an essay in the latest issue of Australian Foreign Affairs, The March of Autocracy, published today.The Conversation AU21 Feb

Chloé Zhao, ‘Nomadland’ Director, Encounters a Backlash in China

When Chloé Zhao won the Golden Globe for best director for her film “Nomadland” last Sunday, becoming the first Asian woman to receive that prize, Chinese …The New York Times14 hours ago

Why is China giving travelers anal tests for COVID-19?

Travelers to some Chinese cities have been required to take anal swab tests for COVID-19.Livescience.comYesterday

Commentary: China’s divide-and-conquer strategy isn’t fooling anyone anymore

Recent actions involving Australia and New Zealand reveal the country’s modus operandi can be effective but will have broader, corrosive implications for China …CNAYesterday

The West’s leadership failure on coronavirus is only helping China usurp it

If China does usurp the Western global order, it won’t necessarily be because China is better — it will be because the West is tied to its worst, writes Stan Grant.ABC News28 Feb

China’s new 5-year climate change plan won’t cut it

0n Friday, China released a draft summary of its 14th Five-Year Plan, the all-important document that not only guides the country’s economic development but …Vox.comYesterday

Did China just wake us up to cyberwar?

On February 28, Recorded Future, a Massachusetts-based company that studies how state actors use the internet, put out a report that the massive power …Deccan Herald8 hours ago

Australian broadcaster suspends China’s CGTN citing human rights complaint

Australian broadcaster SBS said it was suspending the broadcast of Chinese TV news services CGTN and CCTV after receiving a human rights complaint.Reuters2 days ago

Chinese diplomat Wang Xining claims being a friend of China is seen as a ‘sin’ in Australia, hits out at Australian media reporting

China’s most high-profile diplomat in Australia, Wang Xining, says “history will prove that it is wise and visionary to be China’s friends, and your children and …ABC News5 days ago

China-Linked Hack Hits Tens of Thousands of U.S. Microsoft Customers

A cyberattack on Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT 2.15% Exchange email software is believed to have infected tens of thousands of businesses, government offices and …The Wall Street Journal22 hours ago

Chinese urgency on COVID-19 goes missing in vaccination drive

BEIJING: Shirley Shi has received three offers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – through her hometown, her Beijing residential area and her …CNA1 hour ago

China Is Not Ten Feet Tall

China, the story goes, is inexorably rising and on the verge of overtaking a faltering United States. China has become the largest engine of global economic …Foreign Affairs Magazine3 days ago

China’s ‘Peace Cable’ in Europe Raises Tensions With the US

The U.S. and China are vying to control the world’s digital infrastructure, and the new “Peace Cable” has Europe caught in the middle.Bloomberg2 days ago

South Korea short track star reportedly bids to skate for China at Beijing Olympics

The world’s top short track speed skater, after a one-year suspension, wants to switch from South Korea to China for the Beijing Winter Olympics.Home of the Olympic Channel16 hours ago

Study of Aggressive Covid-19 Strain in Brazil Suggests Limits of China Vaccine

A small-scale study found plasma from eight people vaccinated with CoronaVac failed to efficiently neutralize the Amazonian strain of the coronavirus known as …The Wall Street Journal7 hours ago

China’s 6 million ‘black lung’ workers struggling to survive on US$61 a month

The plight of some six million migrant workers in China currently suffering from black lung disease is set to be discussed at the ‘two sessions’ meetings in …South China Morning Post2 days ago

What China’s ‘Total Victory’ Over Extreme Poverty Looks Like In Actuality

China’s ruling Communist Party has declared “total victory” over extreme poverty. Did that really happen, and if so, how?NPRYesterday

U.S. Blacklisted China’s Xiaomi Because of Award Given to Its Founder

The Defense Department labeled smartphone maker Xiaomi as a company that supports China’s military partly due to an award given to its founder for his …The Wall Street JournalYesterday

Sigh of relief in Taiwan after China’s parliamentarians start meeting

BEIJING – In his speech at the opening of the annual full session of Parliament last year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left out the word “peaceful” when he …The Straits Times2 days ago

Senate approves bill to tighten controls on China-funded Confucius Institutes on U.S. university campuses

The Senate approved a bill that would increase oversight on Confucius Institutes, China-funded cultural centers that operate on university campuses.CNBC15 hours ago

China’s Plan for Digital Yuan Imperils Bitcoin’s Biggest Markets

(Bloomberg) — Trouble may be brewing in China for Bitcoin’s raucous and divisive rally as the nation pushes ahead with a world-leading effort to create a digital …Yahoo FinanceYesterday

Counterpoint: Oppo surpasses Huawei and becomes largest smartphone brand in China – GSMArena.com news

Oppo became the biggest smartphone maker in China for the first time ever, reports Counterpoint Research. This is the result of two factors: Oppo’s rise and …GSMArena.comYesterday

Taiwan urges people to eat more pineapples after China bans imports amid campaign of ‘intimidation’

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen calls on people to eat more pineapples to help farmers, saying Taiwan has been “ambushed” by a Chinese ban on the fruit, …ABC News27 Feb

China unveils plan to become a manufacturing superpower by 2025

Beijing steels resolve to drive advanced manufacturing through eight priority areas, including robotics and new energy vehicles.South China Morning PostYesterday

Oppo Reno5 K 5G price revealed as sales begin in China – GSMArena.com news

Oppo has revealed the price of the Reno5 K 5G introduced in China last week. The smartphone has two memory options – 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB.GSMArena.com11 hours ago

China’s Xi calls for ‘popularising’ Mandarin in Inner Mongolia

Last year, China mandated Mandarin-language teaching in Inner Mongolia, sparking fears for the future of the local language. (Photo: AFP/Byambasuren …CNA23 hours ago

Critics question China’s right to host Winter Olympics

Some lawmakers in the Netherlands, Canada and the US say China should be stripped of 2022 Games over human rights abuses.POLITICO.eu3 days ago

China sets economic growth target of ‘above 6 per cent’ for 2021

China set an economic growth target of ‘above 6 per cent’ for 2021, Premier Li Keqiang confirmed at the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Friday in Beijing.South China Morning Post2 days ago

Chinese lawmaker proposes removing English as core subject

Is English really that important? A Chinese lawmaker at the two sessions has proposed removing English as a core subject for Chinese students receiving …The Star Online20 hours ago

China pledges to build ‘Polar Silk Road’ over 2021-2025

China will construct a “Polar Silk Road” and actively participate in the development of Arctic and Antarctic regions, it said in its new 2021-2025 “five-year plan” …Reuters2 days ago

“India-China Border Tensions Reflect Growing Chinese Aggression”: Pentagon Nominee

The current India-China border tensions reflect a disturbing trend of growing Chinese aggression and assertion in the region and toward allies and partners of …NDTVYesterday

China’s bullying has cost it the world’s trust and respect

Soft power is an ephemeral force that, once squandered, is not easily salvaged, Martin Regg Cohn writes.Toronto Star16 hours agoOpinion

China’s trade sanctions on Australian agriculture force farmers to find new markets

Farmers who fell victim to the multi-billion-dollar China-Australia trade spat are seeing signs of hope as they find new customers for their produce.ABC News14 Feb

China’s wealth gap threatens Xi’s post-pandemic economic plan

Inequality in China is at risk of constraining consumption as Beijing rolls out its new ‘dual circulation’ economic strategy, which focuses on boosting domestic …South China Morning Post3 days ago

US to build anti-China missile network along first island chain

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will bolster its conventional deterrence against China, establishing a network of precision-strike missiles along the so-called first …Nikkei Asia2 days ago

Coronavirus origin Wuhan: Grim fate of China’s COVID-19 whistleblowers

The devastating impact of China’s crackdown on anybody who dared speak the truth about what was happening at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic …NEWS.com.au6 days ago

China offers Covid-19 vaccine to foreign diplomats – but will they take it?

European diplomat says his colleagues would prefer to have shots being given in their home country.video_youtubeSouth China Morning Post2 days ago

China’s ‘Two Sessions’ Promise Major Policy Initiatives

The unveiling of a new Five-Year Plan, China’s fourteenth, mean that the upcoming political meetings will be brimming with long-term goals.TIME5 days ago

Jack Ma personifies the contradiction of China’s ideology

Imagine if Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates disappeared from public view and it was automatically assumed they had been arrested on the orders of President Joe Biden …Financial Times5 days ago

China confirms African swine fever outbreaks in two provinces

China confirmed outbreaks of African swine fever in its key pork producing provinces of Sichuan and Hubei, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a …Mint17 hours ago

How China is devastating Australia’s billion-dollar wine industry

Melbourne, Australia (CNN Business) South Australian winemaker Jarrad White spent almost a decade building his business in China. Then, in a matter of …CNN 19 Feb

Family Disappears Amid China’s Detention Of Mostly Ethnic Uyghurs

A family in China’s region of Xinjiang left videos, pleading for help as authorities mounted a mass detention campaign. Then they disappeared.NPR4 days ago

Chinese labour schemes aimed to cut Uighur population density – report

Chinese labour programmes in Xinjiang are designed at least partly to reduce the population density of the Uighur ethnic minority group, according to a study …The Guardian3 days ago

At China’s ‘two sessions’, chips and clean tech in the spotlight

This week’s top stories include tech developments at China’s biggest annual political meeting, how SMIC is doing amid the global chip shortage, and recent …South China Morning Post19 hours ago

High-Quality Healthcare, Education Systems Highlighted in China’s Two Sessions

Building Healthy China and a high-quality education system are both important *content* in the draft outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for.Business Wire49 minutes ago

China steps up plans for Arctic foray raising fears of military build-up

The plan states that China would “participate in pragmatic cooperation in the North Pole” and “raise its ability to participate in the protection and utilisation of the …Economic Times19 hours ago

U.S. issues warning after Microsoft says China hacked its mail server program

The U.S. has issued an emergency warning after Microsoft said it caught China hacking into its mail and calendar server program, called Exchange.NBC News3 days ago

China takes aim at Australian universities with latest boycott

But now, a new ploy by the Chinese government could see institutions across the country suffer another crippling blow. Many Australian universities rely on …NEWS.com.au27 Feb

A major Chinese bitcoin mining hub is shutting down its cryptocurrency operations

China’s Inner Mongolia region plans to ban new cryptocurrency mining projects and shut down existing activity in a bid to cut down on the energy-consuming …CNBC4 days ago

Biden’s team says it will use ‘all available tools’ to fight China’s unfair trade practices

The Biden administration released a report outlining its trade agenda, including how it will address challenges posed by China.CNBC5 days ago

UK foreign policy review will focus on China’s growing power

Post-Brexit reset of priorities likely to seek greater diplomatic and military influence in east Asia and India.The GuardianYesterday

UPDATE 1-China forex reserves fell to $3.205 trln in Feb

China’s foreign exchange reserves fell less than expected in February, official data showed on Sunday, due to valuation effects. The country’s foreign exchange …Yahoo Finance1 hour ago

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