Category: News of the Week

China Weekly Update (Week of September 4th)

ASEAN Summit in Vientiane Covers Maritime Disputes At this year’s ASEAN Summit (September 6th-8th), which was held in Vientiane, Laos, regional leaders sought to, among other things, resolve disputes concerning the South China Sea.  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was in attendance to share China’s official stance on this issue.  According to a statement on ASEAN-China dialogue, both sides worked to establish a maritime code of conduct to which both parties can agree.  However, some ASEAN members, particularly the Philippines and Japan, are still not completely assured about China’s intentions in the South China Sea.  Moments before the meeting on the 6th, the Philippine defense ministry released photos of Chinese vessels allegedly carrying out construction/dredging activity on the disputed Scarborough Shoal near Manila, which the Chinese unequivocally denied. South China Morning Post, September 7th; Al Jazeera, September 7th G20 Summit Offers Little Concrete Plans The G20 Summit in Hangzhou happened over the weekend (September 5th-6th).  The resulting Communique offered many areas of consensus but limited concrete plans for action.  Much attention was devoted to economic and trade development, especially in the context of trying to involve developing countries.  Other areas such as environmentalism and counterterrorism were not featured as much.  From China’s perspective, the fact that this was held in Hangzhou highlights the nation’s growing pedigree on the world stage.  The Summit also served as an ideal platform to promote...

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China Weekly Update (Week of August 28th)

Suicide Blast at Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyz Capital Bishkek A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into the gate of the Chinese embassy before activating an explosive (New York Times). The explosion injured five people: three Kyrgyz employees of the embassy and two security guards (The Wall Street Journal). The victims were all rushed to the hospital. The embassy and other surrounding buildings were partially damaged, and the assailant died in the explosion. The Chinese embassy and the nearby American embassy were both evacuated as a result of this attack. China’s foreign ministry called the attack “an extreme and violent attack,” urging authorities to “get to the bottom of the incident” (Al Jazeera). China further emphasized that they would take necessary action against terrorism and fulfill their duty to protect their citizens and governmental organizations. The Kyrgyzstan government calls this a “terrorist act,” and additionally states that the data reveals the terrorist to be of the Uighur ethnic group, an ethnic minority group in Central Asia that is currently embroiled in tensions with China to separate the Xinjiang province into its own self-governing state. The Kyrgyzstan government plans to ramp up security amidst their upcoming celebration of the 25th anniversary of their independence from the Soviet Union. (Al Jazeera, August 30, 2016) (New York Times, August 30, 2016) (The Wall Street Journal, August 30, 2016) China Prepares for the G20...

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China, Explained

If webby U.S. media startup Vox were acquired by the Chinese Communist Party, it might resemble Sixth Tone, a new English-language media outlet aimed at attracting a Western readership. Launched on April 6, garnering some immediate attention from the Western China-watching community, Sixth Tone is a Chinese invention: a media start-up under party oversight that features a slick, attractive website and appealing headlines designed to entice Western readers. Chinese state media has long been known for its turgid reporting, formulaic pronouncements, and utilitarian web formats. And that’s in Chinese — their English-language counterparts, such as the state-sponsored China Daily, known for its saccharine reporting, are often even...

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Chinese shoe vigilante video sparks social media debate

The unknown man (L) disposed of the air passenger’s (R) shoes A Chinese social media user who filmed himself throwing away the shoes of a sleeping barefoot traveller has caused a social media storm. The video, uploaded to the popular web portal NetEase, shows an angry man at an airport in southern Xiamen province picking up the traveller’s shoes and throwing them into a nearby bin. “I saw a man lying on the seats with his shoes and socks off,” the man says. “What will foreigners think if they see such ill manners – they will wonder about how...

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China’s Carbon Emissions May Have Peaked, but It’s Hazy

  BEIJING — A year and a half ago, negotiators from the United States persuaded the Chinese government to commit to a deadline for reversing the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from China. The Obama administration portrayed the pledge as a major victory because China produces more of the gases that cause global warming than any other country, a quarter of the world’s total. Though the deadline was far off, in 2030, environmentalists said the concession by Beijing was a significant breakthrough in efforts to coordinate a global response to climate change. Now, some researchers examining recent energy data...

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SR: The Week’s China Reads

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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.

Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…