No. 74 | 06.11.2021

Workers at wind power plant in Urumqi, Xinjiang, 2018 [Xinhua/Zhao Ge]

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At the G20 leaders’ summits, President Xi calls on developed countries to lead on emissions reductions and support developing nations

72% of countries with above average per-capita CO2 emissions are advanced economies, while 89% of those below global average are developing countries; as the world’s highest carbon emitter, China’s per capita emissions are only 40% of the US’s (2019)

South China Morning Post, 31.10.2021

Monthly Review, 31.10.2021

Foreign Ministers Wang and Blinken meet in Rome, but Taiwan controversies jeopardize planned meeting between Xi and Biden later this year

While Biden and Blinken made controversial remarks about “defending” the island and its participation in the UN system, Washington maintains official recognition of the “one China” principle; Beijing asserts that avoiding confrontation is an “urgent task”

South China Morning Post, 01.11.2021

National Politics

China implements Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL), regulating the collection, use, and transfer of data to safeguard consumer privacy

PIPL responds to public concerns over tech companies’ data collection, which 98.5% of Chinese surveyed share concern over; high in demand, protection officers are paid high entry-level salaries (up to US $9,830/month)

Sixth Tone, 01.11.2021

Financial Times, 01.11.2021

As vegetable prices surged 28% last month, Chinese government strengthens its comprehensive campaign to combat food waste

As Q3 global food prices increase 25% year-on-year, heavy rains and rising coal prices have affected greenhouse crop production, but impact on inflation remains low; government’s waste reduction plan includes 28 measures from production to consumption, continuing “clean plate campaign”

Bloomberg, 27.10.2021

Global Times, 01.10.2021


Chinese government bonds are included in FTSE Russell index (UK), pointing to increased global investor confidence in China’s economy

FTSE was the last of the top three global indices to include Chinese bonds, after Bloomberg Barclays (2019) and JP Morgan (2020); the yuan maintains upwards trend, with historic Chinese trade surplus of US $634.9 billion since last October

Global Times, 30.10.2021

CGTN, 26.10.2021

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Agriculture and Environment

Chinese scientists develop technology to produce animal feed from industrial gas by-products, which could reduce soy imports and carbon emissions

Clostridium autoethanogenum cellular protein is generated from CO and CO2, by-products of industrial processes; technological application could reduce Chinese dependence on imported soybeans (80% of total consumption) and “revolutionize” the reduction of CO2 emissions

South China Morning Post, 31.10.2021

Decarbonization goals will transform manufacturing and energy sectors in China, set to become the world’s largest supplier of energy transition equipment

Producing 70% of the world’s solar panels and 40% of wind turbines, China’s new solar power installations account for 37% of the global total (2020), cumulative wind power capacity grew 35% from last year, and new electric car sales grew by 170%

South China Morning Post, 29.10.2021


Shanghai tested over 33,000 people at Disneyland, hours after being notified of one confirmed COVID-19 case

Visitors were shuttled home after the city’s rapid containment response and no new cases were found, drawing praise from the public; top respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan defends country’s zero-Covid strategy as “less costly” than living with the disease

China’s smoking rate needs to decrease rapidly to avoid rising cancer-related deaths in next two decades, says study

Smoking-related cancer death rate could increase in men (44%) and women (53%) in next twenty years, accounting for 8.6 million deaths; smoking rate declined minimally (30% to 26.6%, 2000-16), which government aims to reduce to 20% (2030)

South China Morning Post, 02.11.2021

People’s Life and Culture

79.8% of Chinese people are worried about climate change and 97% support emission-reduction policies, surveys find

Though air pollution and threats of disease rank highest among emissions-related worries, the government was rated the most important actor in combating climate change; one out of 5.5 Chinese people use the country’s 20 million shared bikes in over 360 cities

Global Times, 31.10.2021

China Dialogue, 21.09.2018

LinaBell mascot waves to Shanghai Disney Resort visitors after reopening, 3 November 2021 [Xinhua]

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