No. 86 | 12.02.2022

Eileen Gu after winning the gold medal in women’s freeski big air [Liu Lu/VCG]

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For our 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics special, see Tings Chak’s interview (English) with Breakthrough News‘s Rania Khalek and Eugene Puryear, discussing Western media coverage, Covid-19 restrictions, and gold medalist Gu Ailing. In case you missed it, watch Kambale Musavuli (Center for Research on the Congo-Kinshasa) and Dongsheng’s Mikaela Nhondo Erskog in conversation (English) with CodePink responding to “Why is China in Africa?” episode on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show.

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President Alberto Fernandez announces that Argentina will join the BRI on his first official visit to Beijing during the Winter Olympics

Agreements foresee investments and economic cooperation worth US $23.7 billion, with emphasis on infrastructure projects (increasing participation of Argentine suppliers) and expansion of exports to China, aiming to reduce the trade deficit of the South American country

Página 12, 06.02.2022

Página 12, 17.10.2021

Presidents Xi and Putin release a joint communiqué and affirm opposition to NATO expansion and Taiwan independence, after Beijing meeting

China and Russia signed 15 cooperation agreements (emphasizing energy and agricultural trade), increased their criticism of the US and allies, and defended multilateralism

South China Morning Post, 04.02.2022

Global Times, 05.02.2022


Spring Festival holiday, the benchmark of the rest of the year’s consumption in China, sees growth in online shopping and domestic tourism

Amid Covid-19 outbreaks, offline consumption shrank, but online transactions (US $660.3 billion) rose 5.3% year-on-year; Q1 GDP growth could be between 3.06% and 4.14%

Global Times, 06.02.2022

China’s 2021 crude oil imports fell (-5.4%) for the first time in 20 years, totaling 513 million tons

Experts point to pandemic restrictions and the drop in sales of conventional vehicles as important factors, but recognize that decarbonization goals should influence a new trend in the economy, in a year that also saw a drop in imports of iron ore and bauxite (-3.8%)

Nikkei Asia, 28.01.2022

China’s new-energy vehicle (NEV) sales grew 181% year-on-year in 2021, exceeding the total of the previous three years

World’s largest producer and consumer, China produced 3.54 million NEVs last year, which already account for nearly 30% of the domestic market; 2022 sales are predicted to jump to 5-6 million vehicles

Caixin Global, 07.02.2022

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Agriculture and Environment

Provinces in China’s subtropical region face droughts and water rationing due to climate change and economic growth

Guangdong is experiencing the most severe drought in over 60 years and cities along the Pearl River have drinking water sources threatened by encroaching seawater; provincial authorities invest in dams, treatment plants, and water transfer projects

Sixth Tone, 30.01.2022

Winter Olympics uses innovative low-carbon technologies, expected to emit ⅓ less CO2 than the previous games in South Korea

In addition to powering all Olympic venues with wind energy, over 800 hydrogen-powered vehicles were made available, one of six “industries of the future” according to China’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25)

China Daily, 09.02.2022

Reuters, 04.02.2022

People’s Life and Culture

China hosts the Winter Olympics for the first time since its debut over four decades ago, sending a record-breaking 176 athletes

In 1980, the Chinese winter sports delegation went abroad for the first time to participate in the 13th Winter Olympic Games in the USA (Lake Placid); in 1992 they won their first medals, and their first gold in 2002

China Today, 04.01.2022

World-renowned filmmaker Zhang Yimou directs the second Olympics opening ceremony, focusing on “love, unity… and values” of the Chinese people

The ceremony that included 3,000 performers (vs. 15,000 in 2008 Games) was created by the 72-year-old “fifth generation” filmmaker whose work includes controversial portrayals of rural life, Oscar-nominated international hits, mainstream martial arts epics, and a blockbuster on government’s anti-poverty drive

South China Morning Post, 03.02.2022

Sixth Tone, 04.02.2022

US-born Chinese freeskier Gu Ailing won China its first Winter Olympics gold, accused of being a “traitor” in US media

In 2019, the 18-year-old announced she would represent China and is among several naturalized players on Team China; “sports must be used to unite human beings,” said Gu, whose victory received 670 million online views and comments

Global Times, 08.02.2022

Global Times, 08.02.2022

Zhang Yimou, chief director of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games [CFP via CGTN]

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