No. 97 | 30.04.2022

Young people posing at the site of the first National Congress of the CPC, Shanghai, 4 May 2021 [Xinhua/Liu Yang]

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Solomon Islands signs security deal with China, defends right to sovereignty, and sparks criticism from Washington and allies in the region

US and Australia accuse China of trying to establish a military base in the South Pacific country, but its Prime Minister defends the pact as a domestic security measure; last year, homes and businesses in the country’s Chinatown were destroyed in violent protests

South China Morning Post, 26.04.2022

Global Times, 23.04.2022

Suicide terrorist bombing at Karachi University’s Confucius Institute in Pakistan kills three Chinese professors and a local driver

Separatist group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) from Baluchistan province claimed responsibility for the attack, the country’s fifth against Chinese people and projects since 2017; nine Chinese and three Pakistanis died in July 2021 near the China-funded Dasu hydroelectric dam, part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Global Times, 26.04.2022


Rapid capital outflows from China in the last two months cause the yuan to fall almost 2% against the US currency (exceeding 6.6/dollar)

Move comes amid market expectations of further interest rate hikes in the US, Omicron surge, and Russia-Ukraine conflict; People’s Bank of China reduces reserve requirements for banks (9% to 8%), releasing about US$10 billion into the market

South China Morning Post, 27.04.2022

Asia Times, 26.04.2022

National Politics

To prevent a Shanghai-like outbreak, Beijing takes tougher measures against Covid-19, implementing massive testing and suspending some activities

Country recently increased booster shots to people aged above 60 (590,000/day in mid-April), but 100 million people remain; 57.3% of Beijing’s elders received three doses and only 38% in Shanghai, which registered 285 deaths (28 April)

Global Times, 26.04.2022

Financial Times, 26.04.2022

Government publishes first official document on youth for the centenary of the Communist Youth League’s founding

Report highlights the contributions of youth in campaigns against Covid-19 and poverty, and their confidence in the national project and socialism, having grown up during period of economic boom and social stability; the League has 84 million members, while ¼ of CPC’s members are under 35 years-old

Global Times, 21.04.2022

Full report

China’s State Council announces first-ever private pension scheme that will allow voluntary deposits and investments in stable financial products

National pension fund expected to run into US$90.18 billion deficit in 2028 due to shrinking workforce and aging population; people aged over 65 have increased from 9.1 to 14.2% (2011-21) of the population

China Briefing, 25.04.2022

Caixin Global, 21.04.2022

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Agriculture and Environment

China clears six new nuclear reactors (about US$18.2 billion) expected to add up to 7.2 GW of power generation capacity

Country plans to increase total nuclear power capacity from 50 to 70 GW by 2025, with its 53 reactors having generated 407.1 billion kW/h (5.02% of total energy) in 2021; two of the new reactors will have 100% Chinese Hualong technology

Caixin Global, 22.04.2022

People’s Life and Culture

Social work plays an increasingly important role in elder care, but sector struggles with professional autonomy, funding, and recognition

Responding to rapid urbanization and migration, professional social work emerged in 1980s/90s and increased in recent years to address aging population (43,600 to 737,000 certified workers, 2010-22), highlighted in poverty alleviation, rural revitalization, and epidemic control programs

The World of Chinese, 24.04.2022

China Daily, 26.04.2022

Chinese women film directors are creating box office hits on diverse topics, including rural development, wars, social issues, and women’s rights

With few women in the first and second generations of directors before 1949, over 50 notable directors have emerged since 1978, alongside boom in film education and production; Jia Ling became the world’s highest-grossing women director of all time with Hi, Mom (2021)

China Pictorial, 13.04.2022

Annual national Youth Day commemorates the May Fourth Movement, an anti-imperialist uprising led by Beijing students in 1919

Outraged by the colonial concessions after WWI by China’s republican government, young intellectuals sought new ideas and culture to awaken a national consciousness and transform the country; Marxist ideas arriving in China inspired the CPC’s (1921) and Youth League’s (1922) founding soon after

Sixth Tone, 04.05.2019

May Fourth Movement “Fight to the Death for Qingdao” [不岛的小站]

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