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AliExpress, a Chinese e-commerce giant, signed a sponsorship agreement with the Polish soccer team Lech Poznań, as announced at the end of October 2020. This is the first sports marketing partnership worldwide for this company from the Middle Kingdom.
The Malabar 2020 Naval Exercise began on November 3 with the United States, India, Japan and, for the first time, Australia participating. They are therefore the maneuvers of the Quad group (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), which could challenge the expansionist drive of China. Concerns about such initiatives were reflected in Beijing’s reaction in the media and the diplomatic sphere.
On October 29, the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its fifth plenary session, one of the most significant political events in the PRC. As a result of the session, proposals concerning the main assumptions of the Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) in addition to the Long-term Social and Economic Development Objectives through 2035 were adopted.
From August 30 to September 5, the President of the Czech Senate Miloš Vystrčil visited Taiwan. This stay resulted in a series of diplomatic and media events, which in turn worsened China-Czech Republic relations.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Australia has established intensive trade relations with China, becoming one of the main suppliers of raw materials for the largest economy in Asia. As the power of the PRC has grown and tensions in Beijing’s relations with Washington have escalated, the China-Australia relations has clearly deteriorated.
On October 14, 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Wang Yi visited Laos. There he met with Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), President Bounnhang Vorachit and Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith.
On October 11 and 12, Cambodia was visited by Wang Yi – the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). There he met with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, China has continued its efforts to strengthen its position in the system of international institutions, in particular within the specialized agencies of the United Nations. The aim of these measures is to shape norms, standards, practices and rules that would foster their long-term strategy and weaken the US global position.
On September 18, the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) published a White Paper titled “China’s Armed Forces: 30 Years of UN Peacekeeping Operations.” It is a useful document from the standpoint of analyzing the policy of the Middle Kingdom, which presents the dynamics and current activity of China in the UN peacekeeping missions.
On September 22 at the UN headquarters, President Xi Jinping announced a plan to make China a carbon-neutral state by 2060 and to reach an emissions peak by 2030. Internationally, these actions are aimed at improving the image of the PRC, which has suffered greatly as a result of the pandemic and confrontational politics.
The 2021-2025 Five-Year Plan and the Economic and Social Development Plan with its 2035 targets will be the focal points of the agenda of the fall plenary. In many respects, these decisions will be unique because China has not faced so many complex challenges since the beginning of its economic transition under the CCP.
On December 16, 2019, the Minister for Innovation and Technology of Hungary – László Palkovics, and the rector of Fudan University – Xu Ningsheng, signed an agreement in Shanghai to establish the first foreign Fudan campus in Budapest. In mid-September 2020, there were also reports in the Hungarian media that the campus is to be completed by 2024 with a goal of educating 5-6 thousand students.
During the opening ceremony of the Lanting Forum on September 28, 2020, the Head of Chinese diplomacy – Wang Yi, gave a speech on international order and global governance in the post-COVID-19 era.
On September 12, 2020, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Luo Zhaohui, participated online in the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).