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February 22, 2017

  • CPC Meets to Reaffirm Commitments in Anticipation of "Two Sessions"

    On Tuesday, China's top leadership stuck to the basic tone of "seeking progress while maintaining stability" at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Chinese leadership reaffirmed its commitment to supply-side structural reform in the agriculture sector, widening opening-up, promoting green development and improving government services for people's well-being. This particular meeting came ahead of China's annual two sessions - the annual meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in March, helping draft the government work report for 2017.

  • Chinese Media Critique Trump's First Month

    China's state news agency Xinhua weighed in on Trump's tumultuous first month noting that there has been a "mix of good and bad." The article cited both perspectives of Trump's agenda so far, including the travel ban, NAFTA, Trump's Russia and China policy, as well as his administration choices, while acknowledging much of Trump's administration has yet to be formed. The Global Times took a more stern approach describing Trump's first month as "bumpy." The editorial article suggested perhaps both Trump and the U.S. establishment are in the wrong and that the future is increasingly uncertain.

  • China Social Media Watch

    The news that builders of the second Chinese aircraft carrier "Shandong" are fast-moving for a possible commissioning in 2019 ranks high in this week's list of the most read news stories on Chinese news portal Read more about China's aircraft carrier program here on Wikipedia. The mysterious death at Kuala Lumbar of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, sparked the imagination of the Chinese public as an official Chinese Foreign Ministry statement on the incident also made the list, together with a Global Times news analysis titled  "The Honeymoon is Over?" on the recent developments in U.S.-Russia relations.

  • This Week in 1972

    American President, Richard M. Nixon, arrived in Beijing marking the first presidential visit to the world's most populous nation. President Nixon met with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai. The meeting would soon produce the Shanghai Communique on February 27, which sought to lessen the risk of war, expand cultural contacts between the two nations, and establish a permanent U.S. trade mission in China. In addition, the United States acknowledged China's "One-China" policy and agreed to a gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from the island of Taiwan.

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Prepared by China-US Focus editorial teams in Hong Kong and New York, this weekly newsletter offers you snap shots of latest trends and developments emerging from China every week, while adding a dose of historical perspective.

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