January 2022

01.01.22-02.01.22

Heroes of Galwan trends on Baidu; PLA’s positioning near border; Harassment by Chinese police of overseas student for mocking Xi; Weibo on way to becoming state-owned media, Netizens express fear it will become more censored; Discontent over mismanagement and strict lockdown in Xi’an; Li Zhanshu absent from CPPCC National Committee New Year party due to health; Shaanxi Provincial Party Committee demands Xian must achieve social reset with 0 COVID cases, infected people being transferred to other places to meet goal; CPC leaders usually do not use the word “I” but “we” in their speeches, Xi uses ‘I’ in New Year address; Chinese media reports on Indian vlogger tweets praising China; local digital platform in China covered comments by Jean-Luc Mélenchon on closer China-Russia ties; Wu Jinmu, the former “representative” of Taiwan in Nicaragua, received counter coverage from Taiwan and China; Mou Shangang, former party secretary and director of the Service Center of the People’s bank of China, being investigated; subtle change in political discourse with Xi sending a more individual-centric signal; use of direct cohesion to get things done is widely practiced by the Chinese Police; Weibo’s potential state ownership.

03.01.22
People in Xi’an eating cats to survive; Pregnant women bleeding outside a hospital in Xi’an; A bridge connecting North and South bank of Pangong Tso; current status quo of LAC and border infrastructure; Chinese Propaganda Department labeled online video of horse gang as fake; China is trying to boost its tourism; People across China are celebrating the new year; News piece published on RCEP; complaints in Xi’an over intolerable conditions, lack of food, and relocation; China is taking extreme precautions for the winter Olympics

04.01.22
Discussion over recently enforced law distinguishing between school education & family education; Shaanxi office says community spread in Xian under control; Evergrande’s continuous challenges; Taiwan buys 20 thousand bottles of rum bound to China from 3Lithuania to avoid rejection; Cyberspace Admin. approves new regulation on Algorithm; Beijing city ‘successfully’ achieved aim of improving air quality; China has imported $16 million worth of pine nuts from Afghanistan to aid Kabul; Lithuania’s President says opening ‘de-facto’ office of Taiwan in Vilnius was a “mistake” vis-a-vis name; China has built a bridge on Pangong Tso, India using Chinese strategy of Salami Slicing on Beijing has given shock, hesitation and frustration of Beijing are clearly visible.

05.01.22
Xian authorities claim that outbreak contained; Taiwan’s Air Force jets in war simulation drill; Demolition of Buddha statue; China harshly continues the ‘zero COVID’ strategy; protest outside Evergrande’s Guangzhou offices; Launch of apps for digital currency ahead of WinterOlympics; 1st mobilization order of CMC for 2022; Renmin University fires retired professor; Cyberspace Administration issues digital platform guidelines; Taiwan deports Chinese nationals for first time in over a year post China’s return of a Taiwanese fugitive in rare cooperation; probability of a war between China and Taiwan is continuously growing

06.01.22

Sibling duo drives truck to Xinjiang amidst local failure to aid friend; Pregnant lady outside Xian hospital continues to dominate discussions; Foreign Ministry Spokesperson responds to question US’s pressure on MNCs to stop import from Xinjiang ; Wuhan again facing the threat of COVID; China National Railway Group Limited released report on railway sector; China has appointed 4 new vice-chairmen to Tibet Autonomous Region Political Conference; to increase foothold in Africa China appoints special envoy; situation in Xian is in a confusing state; notice for the Comprehensive Reform of Factor Market focused on labor; efforts by India to regain strategic leverage in neighborhood & counter China’s rising influence in region with focus on SriLanka.

 

07.01.22

Death of unborn baby trends on Weibo; Praise, and Concerns over the extension of High-Speed Rail; Xi Jinping audio message to Kazakh president; 14th Five Year Plan for Intellectual Property Talents; gas blast occurred in the Fengshan Sub-district office of Wulong District; notice issued by the ‘Zhengzhou New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control’ headquarters; People’s Bank of China issued a ‘Draft for Comment’; Foreign Ministry spokesman remarked during a regular press conference on North Korea; Significance of turbulence in Kazakhstan on regional dynamics.

08.01.22-09.01.22

NorthKorea’s hypersonic missile test; Construction of helicopter base in Chumbi; Parents of ward called at midnight in harsh implementation of double reduction policy; eleven monks from Drago’s Gaden Namgyal Ling monastery arrested; Uyghur Muslim woman sentenced 14 years for teaching Islam and hiding Quran; China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a joint press conference with Maldivian Foreign Minister; Locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in China; Chinese embassy expressed its discontent on the Joint statement of the Australia- Japan leaders’ meeting; 40,000-ton dry dock is being built by China in Myanmar; Foreign Ministers from West Asia to visit China; China comments on the report by DPP on Macao; Blue roofs are often seen as an indicator of Chinese infrastructure projects around the world; CCP’s “double reduction” policy is being observed as harsher than expected.

10.01.22

Videos of January 8th Earthquake sparks debate; Netizen detained for fabricating video on pandemic. Ministry of Transport’s plan for civil aviation industry; Wang Yi’s telephonic conversation with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Treuberdi; Xi Jinping’s telephonic conversation with Malta’s President Vera; China’s near-monopoly over the rare earth minerals; Tianjin Municipal government completed nucleic acid test on 9M residents; China’s approval for the ’14th Five-year plan’; ‘Ministry of education issues guidelines for quality evaluation’; National Energy Administration to deepen the reform systems in the Power sector; China deepens ties with Sri Lanka China’s relations with Malta against the backdrop of current tensions in EU-China ties.

11.01.22

Videos of January 8th Earthquake sparks new debate; cotton produced in Xinjiang to produce masks; proposal for reforms in public service policies; Xi’s call to Polish President; Chinese FM condemns the Kazakh unrest, extends support; Lithuania should not become a “chess piece”, says MFA; foreign ministers from Iran, Turkey, & the Gulf to soon visit China; Chinese FM’s comments over China-Sri Lanka ties

12.01.22

Flood accident at a power station in Danba; advisory to Dutch athletes against carrying smartphones to Beijing Winter Olympics; China’s petroleum exports to Bangladesh; Xi’s speech on ‘five-dimensional resolutions’; China’s national agriculture in GDP; and data on cross-border smuggling in China; 60 years of mutual defence treaty between China and North Korea

13.01.22

Chinese woman’s blog on being stuck at blind date’s house after city lockdown; Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa’s televised speech; the concept of ‘green, shared, open and clean’ for Beijing Winter Olympics; Ministry of Commerce to continue to provide guidance and services and strengthen training for MSME; four major archaeological discoveries from Tibet; Ministry of Commerce released data regarding annual use of foreign capital; two-thirds of the Lithuanian respondents voted against the current anti-China policy of Lithuania; 14th round of the commander level talks; China’s investment in green construction materials and sustainable energy for the Olympic village.

14.01.22

Alibaba’s Dharma Academy trends; Discussion on statement by Commander-in-Chief of Indian Airforce; Wang Yaping completed 100 days in orbit; China is witnessing a huge spike in rural tourism; Beijing embraces itself to become the first city to host both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games; China announced measures to promote economic and cultural exchanges between two sides of Taiwan Strait; foreign ministers of six Middle Eastern countries visits China; patriotic movies celebrating the 100th anniversary of CPC; China’s combat training for elite soldiers; CPC celebrated its 100th anniversary with a patriotic extravaganza; “Middle East Quad” in light of growing China-Middle East ties

15.01.22-16.01.22

Decline of Printed news agencies; Bejing reports the first case of Omnicron; Students sued for Defamation; Dissatisfaction regarding the advisory given by the Dutch Olympic Committee to their athletes; Center for Strategic and Security Studies (CISS) released 2022 China External Security Risk Outlook Report; rise in range of whiskey in Chinese market; cases of new coronavirus variants are on a rapid surge in China; Xi Jinping’s ‘dream’ of making Chinese bureaucracy corruption-free; Beijing has reported its first case of Omnicron; Chinese news agencies are extensively covering the Phase 1 trade deal; growing concern about the third wave of COVID; trade between India and China has crossed the $125 billion mark. 

17.01.22
Photos of people quarantied in makeshift cargo quarantine containers went viral; Woman Cuts Up 32 Wedding Dresses; Xi Jinping attended the 2022 World Economic Forum; China Environmental Protection Industry Association responded to the claim of decline in investments towards environmental protection industry; GDP to increase 8.1% from previous year; rise in disposable income of Chinese nationals; Dandong to Sinuizhou railway port re-opened China’s borders to North Korea; Winter Olympics tickets to be sold by assigned authorities that will invite a group of spectators; China’s GDP expanded to 8.1% from the previous year which is its fastest growth in 10 years despite the effects of the pandemic.

18.01.22
Reaction to experts’ warnings of Tonga volcano ash drifting to China; Chinese movies are gaining popularity in Japan; articles published in state-controlled media indicated intensifying feuds; latest article by President Xi Jinping in Qiushi Journal; China reemphasize importance of research & development in semiconductor chips; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued the “14th Five-Year Plan for the Development of National Planting Industry”; Anti-graft watchdogs nationwide investigated 470,000 cases of corruption in the first nine months of 2021; Chinese media boast of China making the world’s largest quadruped robot. 

19.01.22

Abduction by PLA from Indian Territory; PLA building a major facility in the Lop Nur; Student’s personal belongings negligently disposed of by authorities to make school a quarantine ward; Hong Kong independence activist and politician Edward Leung released from jail; Taiwan is facing a rapid surge in migration from Hong Kong; Omicron variant cases have surged in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong of China; China may engage further in dispute in the South China Sea; Citizen Lab warned International Winter Olympic participants about a popular app MY2022; no kind of demonstration or political, religious, or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites; warning athletes about speaking on human rights issues while in China.

20.01.22
Video of a doctor live streaming a gynecological surgery triggers controversy; COVID positive migrant worker searching for missing son trends; On News in China, we cover: Citizen Lab warning about Beijing Winter Olympics app; People’s Bank of China cut its one-year loan prime; USS Benfold, United States Navy-guided missile destroyer sailing around Parcel Islands; revision of legislation regarding the monopolies and data securities in China’s growing online platforms; German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock’s first online meeting with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi; Sixth Plenary session; 14th Five Year plan for tourism development; China’s assertive claims in the SCS have long threatened India’s energy interests in the region.

21.01.22
‘Civil Services’ trends on Chinese social media; teenage suicide triggers debate; China has opened the world’s highest bridge; Xi Jinping chaired the meeting of the Political Bureau of CPC; Lunar New Year of the Tiger is approaching; controversy over promotion campaign of McDonald’s; uneasiness in the relationship between China and Russia over Kazakhstan; President Xi exchanged congratulatory letters with the General Secretary of the Communist Party; India’s growing engagement with the Central Asian nations not going well with Beijing.

22.01.22 – 23.01.22

domestic violence renewes debate; victory of Chinese women’s national team celebrated; winter cold braved by PLA; IMF’s managing director reports against China’s zero covid policy; Pakistan-China Uygur nexus; amidst deteriorating situation in Eastern Europe German Navy Chief comments on Ukraine cause havoc; 44 Chinese passenger flights suspended from USA; Communist Party of China vows further corruption crackdown as it gears up for next National Congress meeting; China, Russia, & Iran conducted the third naval drill in the Indian Ocean; Pakistan has decided to pay USD 11.6 million to compensate 36 Chinese nationals; Chinese market’s continuous bull run came to halt; Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson criticized USA for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies; State Council found local & provisional office of Henan Province guilty of “negligence & dereliction of duty” during floods; Evergrande appointed its Energy Vehicle unit’s chairman as Exec Director; as second anniversary of lockdown of Wuhan arrives, political changes hint at deeper politics by Xi; Australia’s Sports Minister Richard Colbeck’s remarks over China’s censorship of athletes; Wuhan political changes show attempts by Xi to shield loyalists; PLA allegedly kidnapped a seventeen-year-old boy from Arunachal Pradesh.

24.01.22
Widespread criticism over footage of a man brutally beating his wife continues to be discussed; torch runner campaign to welcome Beijing Olympics; Chinese Military aircraft intruded Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone; US suspends 44 China-bound flights from Chinese airlines; Beijing reports new local COVID cases; Beijing’s complaints about baseless accusation & attacks on China by US; Xi Jinping expected to host a video conference on 25th January with five Central Asian leaders; China Economic Annual Report; Uyghur Muslim ethnic groups based in Turkey protested in Istanbul; Taiwan Strait continues to remain one of the most dangerous and sensitive friction points in the world, India must tread carefully.

25.01.22

26.01.22
Interrogation over Weibo posts questioning China’s language policy; Comments by Netizens on Australia’s National Day Celebration; Posts paying tribute to soldiers sacrificing their New Year leaves for National Security; Hong Kong’s ex-lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting jailed; Politburo members spoke at meeting focused on carbon peaking; Xi’s speech during the China-Central Asian States summit; Lockdown and travel restrictions gear up instances of physical fighting and brawls; IMF warnings to Beijing about economic impact of its aggressive 0- COVID policy were shrugged off; Chinese authorities accelerate forced cultural assimilation and teaching of mandarin

27.01.22
Xi Jinping sends new Lunar year wishes to all; The stock price of Xiaomi hits a new low for the year; EU launched dispute against China; China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi phone conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken; China returns Indian citizen; Xi Jinping visits Shanxi; Ministry of Defence China holds press conference;China’s market regulator has approved the semiconductor group; India performed a drone show at Rashtrapati Bhavan for Republic Day; Issue of an Indian citizen being returned to India and a statement by Colonel Long Shaohua, the spokesperson of Western Theatre Command of PLA;

28.01.22
UN Secretary-General sends spring festival greetings; Xi Jinping welcomes Chinese New Year with non-CCP Members; 12 covid positive cases reported at medium-risk areas in Beijing; opening ceremony of Winter Olympics on February 4; CNSA, China’s first solar exploration satellite has captured the solar Hα spectral line; Winter Olympics 2022 personnel including foreign experts, journalists, athletes & staff members appreciate control measures taken by Chinese authorities; China’s first megaton carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project is completed; Xi Jinping extended greetings to service personnel of the PLA

29.01.22-30.01.22
Concerns over domestic violence in China; Netizens discuss egg donation amidst aging population tensions, fear black trade; Chinese State Authority releases an Irish businessman; Chinese ambassador to the US threatens Washington; HongKong’s last TiananmenSquare memorial covered; Omicron in Olympic village; USA voted unanimously to revoke China Unicom’s; Uk foreign affairs committee to travel to Taiwan; Chinese authorities order people in Beijing to stay at home amid rise in COVID cases; US Fighter Jet F-35 came down in international waters; Chinese women team has reached the semi-finals in AsiaCup; PLA Airforce delivered thirty-ton disaster relief to Tonga; Message behind Xi’s greetings on the occasion of the LunarNewYear; Beijing speaks on border mentions in Ladakh, response to #US; Indo-China war anniversary in OCT 22 sees unprecedented remembrance in China

31.01.22
Netizens discussed reasons behind naming of China’s three most famous brands; China women’s football team has qualified for the 2023 World Cup; China constructing a new military port at Bata in Central African Nation of Equatorial Guinea (EQG); Search & race over US Navy stealth fighter jet F-35C continues; China’s Mars probe Tianwen 1 sent a selfie video; China’s military releases statement on return of Indian citizen; China’s Ministry of Education released notice for National College Entrance Examination; China reports success against Omicron in Tianjin; Hong Kong continues to worry & debate over censorship of expression; think-tank in Israel reports concern over China in Haifa; China’s port diplomacy and geostrategic investments in ports across the region