Part 1 – Digital Payments System in China – A Catalyst for Development of Digital Yuan 

Part 1 – Digital Payments System in China – A Catalyst for Development of Digital Yuan 

Part 1 – Digital Payments System in China – A Catalyst for Development of Digital Yuan 

By — Omkar Bhole;

This is the first in a new series on Digital Yuan.

In the past one decade, China has been rapidly transforming into a cashless economy Owing to China’s growing domestic consumption, digital payment systems like mobile payments and card transactions have made payment settlements more convenient for Chinese citizens. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic extensively stimulated digital payments, driven by social distancing policies adopted by governments across the world over the last two years.

China’s Provinces Dashboard

Prepared by — Rahul Karan Reddy
 
How well do you know China’s provinces? The China’s Provinces dashboard is a resource for exploring differences in economic and social development across provinces in China. The resource visualises 76 statistical indicators of development, grouped into six categories: demographics, economic growth, income/consumption, trade, healthcare and environment. The indicators presented in this resource can be viewed for each province and sub-region of China. The data presented is for the year 2021 and was collected from the 2021 Statistical Yearbook published by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Navigation:

* Best suited for desktop viewing.
* Clear the filters by selecting the funnel icon on the right top corner of the filter to refresh the contents of the dashboard.

Categories:

The main tab at the top of the dashboard (Demographics, Regional Economy, Income & Consumption, Trade, Municipal and Environment) permit users to navigate across categories.

Filters:

The Region filter below the main tab permits users to view indicators for sub-regions across China (Central, East, North, North-East, South and West). Selecting a sub-region will prompt the dashboard to show data for provinces in that sub-region.

The Province filter on the right hand side of the dashboard can be selected to view indicators for individual provinces. Selecting a province will prompt the dashboard to show data relevant only to the selected province.

* Remember to clear the filters (funnel icon on the right top corner of the filters) to refresh the dashboard after using a particular filter.
* When no filters are selected, the dashboard shows the national average of indicators.

India’s Global Role during its G20 Presidency

India’s Global Role during its G20 Presidency

India’s Global Role during its G20 Presidency

By — Ratish Mehta;

The 2022 Grouping of 20 (G20) Summit took place against the backdrop of turbulent global challenges. At the meeting in Bali, Indonesia, the members collectively concluded to confront the global challenges posed to energy and food security, amongst other measures. The Russian-Ukraine war also saw greater emphasis by member nations and found its way into the joint statement made by leaders at the end of the summit.

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Xi’s Loyalists: A Breakdown of China’s New Leadership

Xi’s Loyalists: A Breakdown of China’s New Leadership

By Rahul Karan Reddy and Omkar Bhole;

The Communist Party of China (CPC) unveiled its new Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) and Politburo (PB) on October 23rd, ushering in a highly anticipated and consequential leadership transition at the highest levels. Although it came as no surprise that Xi Jinping was reappointed as the General Secretary of the CPC, new appointments to the PSC and PB have confirmed his dominance in China’s elite politics.

Women in Chinese Politics after the 20th Party Congress

Women in Chinese Politics after the 20th Party Congress

Women in Chinese Politics after the 20th Party Congress

By — Ahana Roy;

Breaking away from custom of over two decades, the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) saw no Chinese women promoted to the Politburo. It was widely expected that Vice Premier Sun Chunlan would be replaced by a woman candidate; instead, only men have been promoted to top leadership positions.

China’s ‘New Era’ through the lens of 20th Party Congress Work Report

China’s ‘New Era’ through the lens of 20th Party Congress Work Report

China’s ‘New Era’ through the lens of 20th Party Congress Work Report

By — Rahul Karan Reddy and Omkar Bhole;

            Xi Jinping’s opening speech at the 20th Party Congress highlighted key achievements and challenges during the tenure of the 19th Party Congress. In combination with the detailed work report, Xi also revealed key drivers of China’s behaviour for the next few years. His speech at the 20th Party Congress has struck a different tone from the one he delivered at the 19th Party Congress.

The Role of Buddhist Diplomacy in India’s Soft Power Approach towards Asia’s Regional Connectivity

The Role of Buddhist Diplomacy in India’s Soft Power Approach towards Asia’s Regional Connectivity

The Role of Buddhist Diplomacy in India’s Soft Power Approach towards Asia’s Regional Connectivity

By — Ratish Mehta;

The Asian century, as deemed by many scholars and experts, is a pivotal period that shall define the upcoming years of global cooperative development. At the heart of these emerging times, is the Asian continent that is expected to dominate the arenas of the world through its economic, political and cultural superiority.

Anticipating Constitutional Amendments at the 20th Party Congress

Anticipating Constitutional Amendments at the 20th Party Congress

Anticipating Constitutional Amendments at the 20th Party Congress

By — Ahana Roy

All National Party Congresses in the past have brought about changes to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC). In the same vein, it is expected that the constitution will be revised in the 20th National Party Congress (NPC), in accordance with shifts in Party leadership as well as to further outline the path and goal of the Party.

Systemic Change under Xi Jinping – Issues and Implications

Systemic Change under Xi Jinping – Issues and Implications

Systemic Change under Xi Jinping – Issues and Implications

By – Hemkumar Jain;

In the run up to the quinquennial Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) being held from October 16th 2022, there is a frenzy of publications by the China-watching community in the media. They cover several topics and explore many facets, but retain an overwhelming focus on the likely personnel changes at the leadership level: particularly in the Politburo and its Standing Committee.

The Return of Technocracy in CPC’s Elite Politics

The Return of Technocracy in CPC’s Elite Politics

The Return of Technocracy in CPC’s Elite Politics

By — Rahul Karan Reddy;

Technocrats are set to re-emerge as a defining feature of China’s top leadership in Xi Jinping’s third term. As per the (re)emerging trend of  “red and expert” (you hong you zhuan) from the Mao era, Party members with an education in STEM fields or social sciences, work experience in the private sector or State-owned enterprises (SOEs), sufficient provincial or national-level administrative experience, and a record of loyalty to the Party ‘core’ stand a stronger chance of making it to the 20th Central Committee (CC).

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

Faction Politics in China and its Implications for the 20th Party Congress

By – Omkar Bhole;

Most countries in the world have a political system where like-minded people from similar groups or parties run the country. However, such a system is largely open and transparent in democratic countries. In the case of China, this system, referred to as factionalism, is too opaque and thus, leaves much room for speculation.