China Monitor Articles
The third volume of “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” was published at the end of June. This is a subsequent part of articles, speeches and letters, among others, of General Secretary Xi from the last few years.
The strategic competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China will be the most serious test for the North Atlantic Alliance in the upcoming decades. The maintenance of stability in Europe and, globally, the future of the West as the dominant actor in international relations will depend on the ability to find a compromise within NATO, and more broadly – at the level of transatlantic relations.
An online meeting took place between the Chinese authorities and representatives of the countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Thursday, June 18. The meeting concerned a declaration to maintain previous plans and strengthening cooperation in the face of the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the collapse of the favorable developmental dynamic in China and a recession of 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020. The Chinese parliament, whose sitting took place between May 24th and 28th, did not adopt an unambiguously defined GDP target, but the taken measures indicate that Beijing still assumes a possibility of growth within the 2-3.5% range.
On June 15 at the disputed section of the Sino-Indian border in East Ladakh occurred a clash in which at least 20 Indian soldiers, and the still unconfirmed number of soldiers of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) lost their lives. These are the first fatalities since 1967 and the incident itself has a potential to lead to the biggest crisis in Beijing – New Delhi relations in the 21st century.
On June 11, President Xi Jinping and The President of Belarus – Alexander Lukashenko, held a telephone conversation. The discussion concerned the deepening of future economic cooperation, especially within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
A White Paper on the fight against the coronavirus in the Middle Kingdom, entitled “Fighting COVID-19: China in Action” was announced during a conference on June 7.
A phone call between the German Chancellor – Angela Merkel and the President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Xi Jinping, took place in the evening of June 3, 2020. The conversation concerned future cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and strengthening economic relations.
On June 1, Bloomberg announced that the Chinese authorities ordered the state companies to stop importing soybean and meat from the USA. This move is contrary to the trade agreement (phase one deal) signed on January 15, 2020, which obliged China to increase its imports of agricultural products by an additional 32 billion dollars, taking 2017 as a starting point.
On Thursday, May 28, a meeting between the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Li Keqiang and domestic as well as foreign journalists was held. The vast majority of the questions concerned economic matters, only a few of them dealt with the international relations.
On May 28, during the last day of the 13th NPC Convention, the PRC authorities adopted the National Security Legislation. The amendments are intended to allow for a crackdown on all forms of activity which the central authorities consider to be treason, attempted secession, incitement or “subversive activity”.
On Friday, May 22, the National People’s Congress (NPC) commenced its long-awaited session, throughout which key economic and security policy decisions will be made.
President of Taiwan – Tsai Ing-wen, began her second term in the office on May 20, 2020. In the inaugural address, several themes were also devoted to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan-Beijing relations.
In recent weeks, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has become a frequent target of attacks controlled by the Chinese media authorities. This is most probably a response to the intensification of US statements on the origin of the coronavirus.