General/Domestic Part 3

Foreigners in Shanghai FTZ have easier access to China ‘green cards’

April 14, 2017

  • The latest benefit of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is to its non-Chinese residents, who can apply for permanent residence in China simply with a letter of recommendation from the FTZ authorities. According to the social security bureau of Shanghai Pudong New Area, the new policy will take effect in mid-April, and apply to both the applicants and their spouses and minor children.

New China-backed leader of Hong Kong says no room for independence

Apr 11, 2017

  • Hong Kong leader-elect Carrie Lam said on Tuesday there is no room for moves towards independence in the former British colony which she said needs the support of the central government in Beijing to boost economic development over the next five years.

China’s indigenous might: 90 per cent of new manned submersible built by country’s scientists

April 11, 2017

  • In another fine instance of indigenous technological advancement, China has built a manned submersible comprising key parts, 90 per cent of which are manufactured by the country’s scientists. The newly constructed submersible, which will carry out research on earth’s seabeds, has capability to dive 4,500 meters under the sea, according to the People’s Daily.

China discovers Asia’s largest manganese ore reserve – Xinhua

Apr 8, 2017

  • China has discovered a reserve believed to contain 203 million tonnes of manganese ore which local authorities said was the largest in Asia, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday. The reserve in China’s southwest Guizhou was discovered by the province’s geology and mineral exploration bureau, Xinhua said citing the local government.

The country where 70% of millennials are homeowners

6 April 2017

  • If you’re aged 19-36 and don’t own your home, you’re probably not reading this in China. While young people around the world are struggling to get on the property ladder, an HSBC study found that 70% of Chinese millennials have achieved the milestone. A sizeable 91% also plan to buy a house in the next five years, according to the survey.

Ancient Chinese tomb-sweeping festival goes hi-tech

4 April 2017

  • Millions of ethnic Chinese people will be paying their respects to dead ancestors this week, as they observe the ancient Qing Ming festival. The centuries-old festival, also known as “tomb sweeping day”, is traditionally observed by sprucing up loved ones’ graves and making offerings to their spirits. But in recent years, it has taken on a more hi-tech style for some people.

China plans to build new city nearly three times the size of New York

4 April 2017

  • Plans for the Xiongan New Area, a special economic zone that authorities say will eventually cover an area nearly three times that of New York, were announced by the Communist party’s top leaders on Saturday with a flurry of government propaganda.

BP: China to join the world’s best in energy efficiency

April 1, 2017

  • CHINA will join the world’s best in energy efficiency in the next two decades and help boost the global energy reform by developing renewable energies, according to British Petroleum. The nation’s energy use per unit of gross domestic product will decline by 3 percent per year, “much faster than the expected global average,” BP predicted in a report released in Shanghai yesterday. It will make China get close to the level of advanced countries such as the United States by 2035.

Jing-Jin-Ji: China Planning Megalopolis the Size of New England

Mar 25 2017

  • China’s rulers are planning a megacity that would be home to 130 million people and cover an area the size of New England. Sitting on the northeast coast of China, Jing-Jin-Ji — which stands for “Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei” — is a central plank of the country’s economic development plan over the next century.

Chinese-made large passenger jet passes assessment for maiden flight


  • China’s first large domestically designed and built passenger jetliner has passed a major technical assessment, bringing it a closer to its maiden flight, sources with the developer said Saturday. An evaluation committee consisting 63 aviation specialists from across China has agreed the C919 is technically ready for its maiden flight, said the Shanghai-based aircraft maker, Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) in a press release.

China says number of ‘terror attacks’ is down, but threat remains high

Mar 22, 2017

  • The number of violent attacks by “terrorist cells” in China has dropped due to increased security measures, state media reported on Tuesday, however it also cited experts as saying the level of attempted violence remains high. China says it faces a serious threat from violent extremism, particularly in its western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent years in unrest between mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs and majority Han Chinese.

China able to detect 300 known pathogens within 72 hours: ministry


  • A system that can detect 300 known pathogens of communicable diseases within 72 hours, has taken shape in China, the Ministry of Science and Technology said Tuesday. This suggests that the gap between China’s detection of communicable diseases and diagnostic reagents and the international level has narrowed significantly, Xu Jianguo, an academician with China Academy of Engineering, told a press conference.

China to Boost Ice Hockey Development with Yet Another Program

Mar 21, 2017

  • To boost the development of ice hockey in China, another program, this time dubbed “Chinese Ice Hockey Plan for 2022,” was launched by the Winter Sports Management Center of the General Administration of Sport of China. The program’s goal is to set up a development system that could help fill the ice hockey players’ pool for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will be co-hosted by Beijing and Zhangjiakou.

Hays Report: China Leads Asia in Distaff Managers

March 15, 2017

  • Women now hold almost a third of management roles in companies in Asia, with China particularly standing out due to its booming economic development, according to a recent report by specialist recruitment group Hays. The survey of more than 3,000 employers across Japan, the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, found women held 31 percent of management roles in Asia, compared to 29 percent reported last year. The Chinese mainland and Malaysia fared well, with the highest percent of management roles held by women in the region, both at 35 percent. China has increased the number by 3 percent, while the figure in Malaysia fell by 2 percent from last year.

China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island

Mar 15, 2017

  • China has started fresh construction work in the disputed South China Sea, new satellite images show, a sign that Beijing is continuing to strengthen its military reach across the vital trade waterway. Regional military attaches and experts believe the work shows China’s determination to build up its network of reefs and islets, even if it is seeking to avoid a fresh confrontation with the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The chart that shows China’s baby-making frenzy since it lifted its one-child policy

March 13, 2017

  • Once busy curbing its population, China is rushing to make more babies. The country recorded 18.46 million live births in 2016, leading to “the largest annual number of newborns since 2000,” according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) on Saturday (March. 11), which attributed the increase in fertility to China’s two-child policy that came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

International Women’s Day in China: Chinese Women Dominate List of World’s Female Billionaires

Mar 13, 2017

  • It’s no secret that China has produced several of the world’s richest people following its dramatic rise in the world’s economic stakes. With industrialization proceeding at breakneck pace and technological investments continue to rise, there’s no denying that more Chinese people are set to become billionaires. Specifically, Chinese tech entrepreneurs have become regular starrers among the world’s wealthy creme de la creme. Jack Ma, known worldwide as the founder of online retailing giant Alibaba, holds the top spot among China’s tech moguls, followed by Tencent’s Pony Ma.

Over Half Say Gender Equality on the Rise in China: Survey

March 10, 2017

  • A new survey finds that almost 54 percent think people in their hometowns are less likely to view males as superior to females than they did in the past, China Youth Daily reported on Thursday. Another 32.7 percent say things remain unchanged, while 6.2 percent see a worsened situation for females, said the survey jointly conducted by China Youth Daily and, which canvassed 2,002 Chinese, 23.4 percent of whom came from the countryside.

Beijing ‘to slash foreign picture book numbers’

March 10, 2017

  • The Chinese state is to “drastically” cut the number of foreign picture books for children which can be published in mainland China this year, according to a report in the South China Morning Post. The newspaper said that while the measure has not been publicly announced, four different publishing sources had confirmed to it that a cap was being introduced by China’s state publishing system, with publishers urged to focus on domestically generated books. The newspaper added that the measure was part of a broad campaign to reduce the influence of foreign ideas and enhance ideological control.

Lhasa tops China’s happiest cities in 2016: CCTV poll

March 09, 2017

  • Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, led China’s 2016 Happiest Cities list, according to big data analysis and a survey polling more than 100,000 families conducted by China Central Television (CCTV).

China legislature giving more seats to women, workers

Mar. 9, 2017

  • China’s ceremonial legislature now plans to give more seats to women, farmers, workers and professionals. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday that changes to the makeup of the National People’s Congress would also reduce the proportion of delegates representing the ruling Communist Party and government departments, who now constitute about one-third of the roughly 3,000 members.

China’s population to peak at 1.45 billion in 2030, drop to 1.1 billion by 2100


  • China’s population is expected to peak at 1.45 billion in 2030, then drop to 1.4 billion by 2050 and 1.1 billion by the end of this century, China’s top health authorities said on Saturday. Wang Pei’an, deputy head of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, released the numbers on Saturday at a sideline press conference during the ongoing two sessions in Beijing. “China does not lack in population, not in a few decades, not in 100 years,” said Wang, who added the country should focus more on demographics and education levels.

Report: Women a Major Presence in China’s Boardrooms

March 7, 2017

  • Women made up almost half of all company directors in China last year, according to a report by LinkedIn, the professional networking website. The report, released ahead of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, said women accounted for 44 percent of directors and held 35 percent of all C-suite jobs (the most senior executives, such as chief executive and chief financial officer). In several fields, including education and nonprofit organizations, women hold 47 percent of jobs at director level or above, while in the traditionally male-dominated field of science and technology, the number of women in senior posts has increased by 18 percent since 2008.

China to Step Up Observations, Tourism in South China Sea

March 07, 2017

  • China is expanding its presence in the South China Sea with plans to build an underwater observation system and to send tourists to the disputed areas. Chinese media say the government is planning to build an underwater observation system to provide real-time information on many different seabed conditions. The Chinese government newspaper, Global Times, says it will study the physical and chemical qualities of the sea.

Myanmar women illegally marry, live in Yunnan


  • More than 20,000 Myanmar women married to Chinese men and illegally emigrated to Dehong autonomous prefecture in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, since China still lacks the laws or policies to regulate illegal immigration along border towns, local legislators said. According to a survey conducted by the legislature of Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, between 20,000 to 30,000 Myanmar women married Chinese men and live in Dehong without the proper documents, Yu Mayue, director of the Standing Committee of the Dehong People’s Congress, told the Global Times on Monday on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 12th National People’s Congress.

Premier Li Keqiang sounds warning on Hong Kong independence

05 March, 2017

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has for the first time publicly denounced the notion of Hong Kong independence in his annual work report, warning that the movement would “lead nowhere”. While Beijing’s firm rejection of such separatist sentiments is well-known, the mention of Hong Kong independence in the annual government report was unprecedented. It is likely to be read as a strong signal to candidates of the coming chief executive election that the winner would be expected to handle the issue without compromise.

China to turn 800,000 hectares of marginal farmland into forests or grassland


  • China will turn more than 800,000 hectares of marginal farmland into forests or grassland this year, a government work report said Sunday. China will begin to pilot projects to improve the quality of forests and restore ecosystems along the Yangtze Economic Belt, according to the report to be delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the opening meeting of the parliament’s annual session.

More Chinese students return from overseas in 2016


  • More Chinese students returned from overseas after graduating in 2016, according to the Ministry of Education on Wednesday. In 2016, 544,500 Chinese students studied overseas, 144,900 people more than 2012; while the number of returnees in 2016 was 432,500, up 159,600 than 2012, said Xu Tao, head of the international division of the ministry

E China’s Women Leading Way in Entrepreneurship: Report

February 27, 2017

  • Women in east China’s Zhejiang Province have established over 1.46 million businesses and continue to play an active role in the region’s entrepreneurship, according to the latest findings. The “2016 Report on Zhejiang Female Entrepreneurs”, released at the beginning of the year, aims to increase public awareness of female entrepreneurship and provide betting understanding and support for businesswomen. With the overall number of permanent female residents in the province standing at 27 million, some one-in-19 local women in the region are their own boss, say the report’s authors, Zhejiang Industrial and Commercial Bureau.

China welcomes more foreign scientists


  • Nobel Prize winner Yang Zhenning and Turning Award winner Yao Qizhi, gave up their foreign nationalities to become Chinese citizens.

Yao Ming elected president of Chinese Basketball Association


  • Yao Ming, member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and former NBA all-star player, was unanimously elected president of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Thursday. “Chinese basketball is based on the need to do good, and we have a great social impact. We also have the best professional league in Asia. That’s why we have every reason to believe that as long as we humbly listen to the views from all sides and recruit those who have the enthusiasm, willingness and ability, we are able to complete the self-management, self-improvement, self-monitoring and self-breakthrough of Chinese basketball.”

‘They’re jealous of his hot bod’: Handsome world champion swimmer Ning Zetao is kicked out of Chinese national team – but fans say they love him even more

23 February 2017

  • Chinese authorities confirmed that 23-year-old Ning Zetao has been dropped from the team for violating several rules including signing sponsorship deals without prior consent. Fans of the athlete have flocked to social media to defend the sports star, with one fan saying ‘they’re jealous of his hot bod.’

China Wants to Attract More Foreigners (of a Certain Kind)

FEB. 23, 2017

  • China has generally issued a few hundred green cards per year, and the recent uptick illustrates how the authorities are seeking to attract more foreign investors and celebrities, even though most recipients are still ethnically Chinese, analysts said. China’s immigration policies are contradictory in that they prioritize attracting foreign talent to increase economic modernization, while reflecting a deep-rooted instinct to keep foreigners at arm’s length, said Frank Pieke, a professor of modern China studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. “The whole issue is: Can foreigners become Chinese?” he said. “Yes, I know there’s a green card system and so on. But on the ground, it appears doubtful.”

Region in China’s restive Xinjiang to track vehicles as anti-terror measure

Feb 21, 2017

  • Chinese authorities have ordered all motor vehicles in Bayingol prefecture in far-western Xinjiang to be installed with mandatory satellite tracking devices, the latest tough anti-terror measure targeting the ethnically divided region. China has been stepping up already tight security in restive Xinjiang after a rise in violence in recent months.

Netizens Outraged Over Award-Winning Photo of Chinese Gymnasts in World Press Photo Foundation

Feb 20, 2017

  • An award-winning photograph titled “Sweat makes champion” caused a storm of controversy after some netizens interpreted the award as the world’s bias against Chinese athletes. The image was photographed by Wang Tiejun, and depicts the hard training regime of young Chinese gymnasts. It has won second prize in the 60th World Press Photo Contest’s “daily life” singles category.

Chinese Mainland Men Most Willing to Spend Money on Romance

February 16, 2017

  • In Asia, men on the Chinese mainland are most willing to splurge in order to please their girlfriends or wives, according to a survey by MasterCard. The survey says the average budget on the Chinese mainland for celebrating Valentine’s Day was 310 US dollars, the highest among surveyed Asian countries. 75% of Chinese mainland respondents would like to buy gifts for their lovers on Valentine’s Day, far more than the average of 44% in Asia.

Which countries are on the right track, according to their citizens?

12 January 2017

  • Between October and November 2016, the percentage of people who believe things are on the right track in their country dropped by 2 percentage points to 37% globally. China is bucking the trend with 90% of people expressing confidence in their country’s direction, followed by Saudi Arabia (80%). More than three quarters of Indians and just under six in ten people in Russia and Argentina also believe their country is on the right track.

China stages another mass anti-terror rally in Xinjiang

Feb 19, 2017

  • Chinese security forces have staged another mass anti-terror rally in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, parading hundreds of armed men through the streets of the regional capital Urumqi in a show of force after an uptick in violence.

Survey Says Most Chinese Trust Domestic Products More Than Foreign Brands

Feb 13, 2017

  • According to a survey conducted by China Youth Daily, a majority of Chinese people believe that domestically produced products have made great progress over the past decade. A total of 41.4 percent of Internet users praised domestic products, with 49.2 percent of them saying that the products were acceptable and 1.3 percent of rejecting products made in the country.

Exclusive: China mulls radical output cuts, port coal ban in war on smog – document

Feb 13, 2017

  • China is considering forcing steel and aluminum producers to cut more output, banning coal in one of the country’s top ports and shutting some fertilizer and drug plants as Beijing intensifies its war on smog, a draft policy document shows. The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has proposed the measures in the document seen by Reuters. If implemented, they would be some of the most radical steps so far to tackle air quality in the country’s most polluted cities.

Young Chinese most optimistic about world’s future, poll suggests

09 February, 2017

  • Young people in China are the most optimistic globally about the world’s future, but are also the most fearful about the impact of climate change, according to a poll of 20,000 people in 20 countries.

NHL’s Song Andong Draws Chinese Fans to Ice Hockey

Feb 10, 2017

  • There is now a growing demand for organized and professional hockey training in China. In Beijing alone, there are about 2,500 youngsters learning the game with 17 clubs and play on the city’s 14 rinks.

China’s first large homemade passenger jet to fly in 2017

6 February 2017

  • The C919 is part of China’s efforts to develop a homegrown aviation industry in one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing air travel markets. China currently relies heavily on foreign-made aircraft.

Pedal power revival in China as bike-share apps race for glory

February 5, 2017

  • Unlock them with an app, drop them off anywhere, and nip past lanes of stationary car traffic: the humble bicycle is seeing a revival in China as a new generation of start-ups help tackle urban congestion and pollution with fleets of brightly coloured two wheelers. The bike-share concept has attracted huge venture capital as fledgling firms wrestle for market share. Such has been the success of this made-in-China business model, which is using smart phones to reignite the nation’s passion for cycling, companies are hatching plans to export the idea worldwide.

Eighty Percent of Chinese Students Who Convert to Christianity Abroad Abandon Faith After Returning Home

Feb 06, 2017

  • A growing number of Chinese students who converted to Christianity while studying abroad abandon the faith once they return home due to the country’s hostile treatment of believers, according to a new report.

China to Push Mandarin for Minorities

January 24, 2017

  • China will “unswervingly” stick to the promotion of Mandarin for ethnic minorities, the government said on Tuesday of a policy that has ignited sporadic protests, and will also step up protection for threatened tongues on the verge of extinction.

Other activities include joint work relating to scientific payloads, data sharing, mutual use of technical facilities and the exchange of personnel


  • Tencent Holdings Ltd’s messaging services were by far the most popular mobile apps in China in 2016, leading steady growth in the world’s largest internet and smartphone market, a report showed on Sunday. WeChat remained the most heavily used app in the country in 2016, with almost 80 percent of the online population employing the social media service frequently, the China Internet Network Information Center said in its annual report.

Chinese trust in government ranked highest in the world


  • Chinese trust in its government has been ranked the highest in the world, according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer released on Monday. A majority 76 percent of the Chinese interviewed said they have trust in their government, followed by the United Arab Emirates and India (both are 75 percent), Xinhua News Agency reports.

China committed to independent court decisions


  • China has always supported judges and prosecutors exercising their duties independently in accordance with the Constitution. Although China rejects the Western notion of a separation of powers, the country does, nevertheless, support its judicial organs making independent verdicts in the cause of justice.

Chinese birthrate rises in 2016


  • China’s population increased by 8.09 million in 2016, according to a report released by the National Bureau of Statistics today. The total population of mainland China now stands at 1.38 billion, the report said, with the natural population growth rate up from 0.49 percent in 2015 to 0.58 percent last year.

Survey shows rich Chinese confident of China’s economy


  • Over 90 percent of rich Chinese are optimistic about China’s economy, according to the results of a survey released Thursday. The survey, conducted by Hurun Research Institute, polled 449 individuals with personal assets over 10 million yuan (1.45 million U.S. dollars).

China to cut foreign football player numbers on pitch

16 January 2017

  • The Chinese Football Association (CFA) announced Monday that it is reducing the number of foreign players a team can field as the country’s cash-rich clubs continue to lure international talent. Teams in the top-flight Chinese Super League will be able to field no more than three foreigners per match when the new 2017 season begins in March, according to the new rules posted on the official CFA web site.

Make Chinese history compulsory to end Hong Kong youngsters’ identity crisis, says CPPCC Standing Committee member Annie Wu

15 January, 2017

  • Young Hongkongers will face an identity crisis for at least another decade because they have not been taught enough about Chinese history, a Hong Kong school supervisor who serves on the nation’s top advisory body has said. To remedy that, Annie Wu Suk-ching, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, called for educators to focus more on teaching Chinese history in a critical way, teaching the city’s position as part of China, as well as reforming what she said was a narrow curriculum.

China’s top judge warns courts on judicial independence

Jan 16, 2017

  • China’s courts must firmly resist the Western idea of judicial independence and other ideologies that threaten the leadership of the ruling Communist Party, the country’s top judge was reported as saying by the official China News Service.

3 bln trips expected during China’s holiday travel rush

January 12, 2017

  • About 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during China’s 2017 Spring Festival travel rush between Jan. 13 and Feb. 21, China’s top economic planner said Thursday. The figure represents an increase of 2.2 percent from the same period in 2016, with air travel to see the fastest growth among all transportation modes, Zhao Chenxin, spokesperson for the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a press conference.

China Successfully Launches First Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft

Jan 10, 2017

  • China has become the third nation in the world to successfully test an aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells next to the US and Germany, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology said. During the test flight, the plane reached an altitude of 320 meters (some 1,050 feet) above the ground and emitted zero pollution, Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of the ministry, reported.

China: Open to Vatican talks but Catholics must be patriots

Dec. 28, 2016

  • China’s head of religious affairs said that Beijing is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed that Catholics should “hold up high the flag of patriotism” and adapt Catholicism to Chinese society.