Weekly News & Events

Date: 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

TOP STORIES:

Xi’s Power Play Foreshadows Historic Transformation of How China Is Ruled – Wall Street Journal reports that China’s Communist Party insiders say president wants to remain in office after his second term, breaking succession conventions

 

INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY:

China Lodges Protest over Taiwan Content in U.S. Defense Bill – Reuters

South Korea Considers ‘Measures’ as China Blocks Charter Flights – Reuters

China Shrugs Off Trump Twitter Jab on North Korea – Wall Street Journal

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Takes to Space – Wall Street Journal

 

ECONOMICS AND TRADE:

China’s $9 Billion Effort to Beat the U.S. in Genetic Testing – Washington Post

Chinese Access to U.S. Semiconductor Industry May Be Curbed – Wall Street Journal

China and the Debt-Refinancing Game in 2017 – Wall Street Journal

Critics: China’s Call for Overhauling Ag Commitments at WTO Is a Distraction from Its Own Practices – Inside US Trade

Aluminum Billionaire Planning Escape from China: Lawyer – Wall Street Journal

China Takes New Step to Downgrade the Dollar’s Prominence – Bloomberg

No Happy New Year in China as Currency, Liquidity Fears Loom – Bloomberg

China Plans to Spend $504 Billion on Rail Expansion to Stimulate Growth – CNBC

China Bulls Determined to Find Their Voices as Sentiment Sours – Financial Times

Chinese Billionaire with Ambitions to Reshape Investment Models – Financial Times

China Proposes Easing Car Loan Limit – Wall Street Journal

 

SECURITY:

Will China Fill the Skies with Stealth Jets? – Daily Beast

China Navy Confirms Carrier Conducted Drills in South China Sea – Reuters

North Korea’s Claim on ICBM Test Plausible: Experts – Reuters

China’s Cyber Strategy Stresses Securing Infrastructure – Wall Street Journal

Chinese Carrier Heading toward Hainan amid Renewed Tension over Taiwan – Business Insider

China's Second FC-31 Fighter Prototype Makes Maiden Flight – IHS Jane’s

China Receives First Four Su-35s from Russia, Says Report – IHS Jane’s

Chinese Hackers Charged with Trading on Stolen Law Firm Data – Bloomberg

Russia, Pakistan, China Warn of Increased Islamic State Threat in Afghanistan – Reuters

China’s Cybersecurity Efforts Could Pose New Challenge for Foreign Firms – New York Times

China Sets Ambitious Five-year Plan for Space Program – Voice of America

Civilians Helping Governments Stake Claims in South China Sea – Voice of America

Japan, Taiwan on Guard after Chinese Naval Ships Enter Japanese Waters – International Business Times

Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea – Washington Post

 

SOCIETY:

China Announces Ban on Ivory Trade by End of 2017 – Al Jazeera

China’s Xi Offers Populist Message in New Year’s Eve Address – CNBC

Catholic Churches in China Should Be Independent of Vatican, Official Says – New York Times

Couple Held in China Are Free, but ‘Even Now We Live under a Cloud’ – New York Times

China Says Won’t Allow Hong Kong to Be Used as Subversion Base – Reuters

China Jails Nine over Protests in ‘Democracy’ Village – Reuters

China to Launch Stringent New Anti-corruption System in Beijing, Two Other Provinces – Voice of America

China Middle-Class Anger Reignited by Death of Researcher in Custody – Wall Street Journal

Independent Journalism in China Struggles to Survive – Freedom House

 

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT:

China Gets Tough on Smog Offenders – CNN