Li maintains focus on economy amid rising tensions

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday sent the clearest signal yet that China will maintain its strategic focus on keeping domestic social and economic development stable, even as the country faces an increasingly complex and challenging external environment marked by near "cold war" tensions with the US.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 21:08:40

Top legislature adopts Civil Code

If someone steals my virtual goods in a video game, can I get them back? Can my unborn baby inherit property? Can I sue someone for using my voice for deep faking?Now, you can get the answers to all these questions simply by opening the encyclopedia of your life, China's first Civil Code, which has been adopted by the nation's top legislature.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 20:03:40

China to finish HK national security legislation, reflecting strong will in defending sovereignty

China has taken the first crucial step regarding the national security legislation for Hong Kong as the country's top legislature passed the decision on Thursday, and experts noted that the next step will be finalizing the legislation in detail and make the law executable in the city within its common law legal system. The legislation will directly strike against the US-controlled proxies and political groups in Hong Kong, who had previously incited trouble in the city with little concern about the consequences.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 22:53:40

China's top legislature adopts key documents, ends session

China's top legislature adopts key documents, ends session
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 15:37:02

National security law enactment to start

Despite how hard some Western media outlets depict swarms of illegal protesters in Hong Kong as "heroically" anti-government, protesters' attempt to illegally besiege the Legislative Council (LegCo) and instigate more to join their radical movement failed on Wednesday. After months-long riots, illegal protesters have already lost the moral high ground as majority of the Hong Kong society oppose endless chaos that have disrupted their normal lives, and anticipate the upcoming new national security law, which will bring local radicals to justice.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/27 22:58:41

China ready for looming financial war initiated by US

China should prepare for a potential financial showdown with the US, as the Trump administration appears to be waging a financial war on China, with crackdowns on US-listed Chinese companies and threats of sanctions over national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), financial sector experts said on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/27 19:03:40

CPPCC holds closing meeting of annual session, receives 5,488 proposals from advisors

The closing meeting of the third session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday, after completing all the items on its agenda.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/27 17:32:00

Central govt ready for any situation; separatists plan illegal assembly

Central government authorities, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Hong Kong Special Administration Region (HKSAR) government reiterated their strong support and unshakable will for the new national security law for Hong Kong late Monday and Tuesday, showing that the law is imperative and non-negotiable, and warned the radical forces should not underestimate the determination of the central government, while anti-government and separatist forces are planning illegal protests and an assembly on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/26 22:15:05

HK measures to hurt US badly

The US may be able to launch a vicious word war against China on the Hong Kong issue, but it's impossible for the US to strike heavily at China at a low cost. Most measures cost the US too much with little benefit, which would make the West suffer significantly, a top Hong Kong think tank advisor told the Global Times.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/26 23:23:40

Xi stresses strengthening national defense, armed forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday stressed achieving the targets and missions of strengthening the national defense and armed forces for 2020, while maintaining effective epidemic control on a regular basis.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/26 18:40:43

National security laws are a common global practice: observers

China's new national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) reflects a conventional practice among global countries to prevent their administrative regions from being void of national security, observers said, citing the national security laws that many other countries have enacted over the years.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/26 14:28:40

Fear-mongering over national security law unfounded

Many foreign officials and media outlets have rushed to claim Hong Kong's status as a global financial hub has ended due to the impending National Security Law, with unsubstantiated reports of capital flight, but the move of the legislation is actually a boost to the business environment in the long-run.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/25 22:13:41

Rioters resume protests against national security law in 'deathbed struggle'

Various black-clad protesters descended into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, taking part in illegal protests, defying the proposed national security law, claiming it erodes the "one country, two systems" principle and infringes upon their legitimate rights. The Sunday protests have been rapidly dispersed by Hong Kong police.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/25 0:23:39

China points direction for post-pandemic world

China is pointing out the correct direction - improving and reforming globalization; upholding multilateralism - for the world to create a brighter future after the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese analysts said after the Chinese foreign minister's press conference on the sidelines of the annual national legislative session on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/24 23:48:40

China determined to fix HK national security loophole, ready for potential US sanctions: experts

No US sanctions or “cancellation of Hong Kong's special status” will sway China's determination to fix national security loopholes in Hong Kong as the central government must have had taken into consideration possible US responses and is preparing for countermeasures, Chinese experts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/23 18:38:32

China's top legislature mourns COVID-19 victims at opening session

A minute of silence was observed at the opening ceremony of the 3rd session of 13th National People's Congress (NPC) on Friday to mourn the victims of the COVID-19 and those who sacrificed in the fight against the pandemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 9:07:16

UPDATE-China scraps numerical GDP growth target for 2020 for the first time in decades

China scrapped the economic growth target for this year for the first time in decades, but will step up fiscal stimulus to support the post-virus economy.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 9:16:40

Public health, national and economic security top agenda for two sessions

China's top political advisory meeting opened its annual session on Thursday in Beijing, making arrangements for work in 2020 regarding six aspects and addressing the most pressing issues including public, national and economic security.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 1:08:40

China's top advisory body observes a minute silence for COVID-19 victims at opening session

One minute of silence will be observed at the opening ceremony of the 3rd session of 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Thursday afternoon, as a mark of tribute to victims of the COVID-19 and those who sacrificed their lives in the fight against the epidemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 13:36:36

Two sessions 'in cloud': expected to inject confidence, unite people in wake of COVID-19

After a 78-day delay, China entered a "two sessions" mode on Wednesday as the country's top advisory body held the first online press conference of this year's two sessions - a special arrangement in line with epidemic prevention and control work - while thousands of deputies and members from China's provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities as well as two special administration regions (SARs) arrived in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 23:23:40

Economic decoupling is bad prescription: CPPCC spokesperson

Advocacy of economic decoupling is not “good prescription”, a spokesperson for China's top political advisory body said on Wednesday, raising an outcry against rising trade and technology protectionism.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 18:08:40

China likely not to set numerical GDP growth target: GT poll

One of the most closely watched aspects of China's two sessions each year is the release of the official target for GDP growth, a reliable indicator of where the world's second-largest economy is headed.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/19 18:19:29

Experts predict 3 pct growth in China's military budget amid rising defense needs

China's defense budget draft for 2020 is expected to be released on Friday, the first day of the annual National People's Congress (NPC), with most Chinese military observers reached by the Global Times believing the figure will continue to rise amid the "black swan" COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted China's economy but also raised additional national defense demands.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/19 13:39:46

Two sessions to see flood of public health proposals post COVID-19 epidemic

As China's most important political events are around the corner, during which the government will subject itself to public oversight and pool the wisdom of national legislators and political advisers, participants of the events and the general public are ready to seize the opportunity to review and reflect on China's response to COVID-19 at the early stage, and make proposals to improve China's overall emergency warning and reporting system to better cope with the possible resurgence of COVID-19 and future infectious diseases.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/17 21:38:40

China could set GDP growth target at 3% during Two Sessions

With the Two Sessions - a major event on China's political calendar -- opening next week in Beijing - what rate policymakers will pick for this year's GDP growth target, and whether they will set one at all, is drawing close scrutiny amid the global coronavirus pandemic that has put the world economy in the intensive care unit.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/13 19:33:41

China pursues challenging path: Premier Li

China's economy can achieve positive growth this year if security in six key areas including job creation, basic living needs and the operations of market entities can be maintained, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, reassuring the markets of the nation's ability to carve out a challenging path to economic revival after it puts Covid-19 under control.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 21:08:41

China, Japan and S.Korea working on free trade deal: Premier Li

China, Japan and S.Korea working on free trade deal: Premier Li
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 17:35:41

BIT to provide security for German firms in China

German companies have confidence in the Chinese market and will not leave as they still see great growth potential, and a widely anticipated bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between China and the EU, expected to be signed by 2020, will provide them with investment security, a German business representative said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 17:13:40

China's national legislature approves government work report

China's national legislature approves government work report
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/28 15:10:48

Two sessions try to ensure job stability

Employment has become the uppermost priority at this year's two sessions -- even more than setting a GDP growth target -- underscoring the rising pressure on China's job market, but deputies and political representatives are proposing policies that will ensure stability in the labor market.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/27 20:13:40

HKEX, MSCI sign derivatives deal

The Hong Kong Futures Exchange has signed an agreement with MSCI Inc. to license a suite of MSCI indexes covering Asia and Emerging Markets for the introduction of futures and options contracts in the city.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/27 18:53:40

Hubei's economic recovery in focus

Supporting the economic recovery of Central China's Hubei Province, which was hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, goes beyond showing appreciation for the vital contributions and enormous sacrifices made by the local people.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/26 22:03:40

Public health legislation prioritized

China's top legislature said in a report on Monday it will prioritize public health legislation this year, as well as formulate laws on biosecurity, personal information protection and data security, which analysts believe is intended to plug the loopholes exposed by China's COVID-19 response.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/25 22:13:40

Separatists frightened by national security legislation: experts

Hong Kong separatists, rioters and illegal protesters are now abandoned by those foreign forces that have long backed them, particularly during the turmoil last year, because their value in stirring up troubles in Hong Kong is decreasing since the mainland started the national security legislation, said analysts, as the Taiwan regional leader vowed to revoke the special status the island extends to the Hong Kong special administrative region (HKSAR).
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/25 21:03:41

China's national legislature starts 2nd plenary meeting of annual session

China's National People's Congress convenes second plenary session
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/25 15:10:46

HK Secretary for Security and six disciplinary forces support national security law in HK

Hong Kong's Secretary for Security and six disciplinary forces have pledged their full support for the national legislature's deliberation on national security legislation for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/25 12:10:40

Blackmailing China over COVID-19 'daydreaming': Chinese FM

Abuse of litigation against China over the COVID-19 outbreak is groundless, has no factual basis and no international precedence, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the Global Times at a press conference on Sunday on the sidelines of the ongoing 13th National People's Congress.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/24 16:52:07

National security law to solve long-term woes in HK

The central government's push to introduce new national security laws in Hong Kong shows its strong determination to solve the long-term woes in the special administrative region. The legislation shows that the central government has shouldered the responsibility to maintain Hong Kong's order and safeguard China's national security after the months-long violent protests almost put the city at the edge of a cliff.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/23 19:43:49

Taiwan separatists panic as mainland drops 'peaceful' in reunification narrative

Taiwan separatists and foreign forces that attempt to meddle in the reunification of China are becoming panicked and nervous as the Chinese mainland changes slightly the wording regarding the approach to reunification in the Friday's government work report by omitting the word "peaceful" ahead of "reunification," analysts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/23 20:45:55

China takes decisive moves amid risks

China on Friday offered the most comprehensive and pragmatic assessment of the extraordinary circumstances for the country's social and economic development created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and made rare, drastic adjustments in a wide range of areas - from its overarching development goals to specific government spending - to minimize losses and secure social and economic stability amid lingering risks.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 23:26:39

HK national security law 'almost ready to be enacted'

After a draft decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to safeguard national security was submitted to China's top legislature on Friday, the work of formulating the national security legislation would be accelerated, which would be signed into the law as early as in the coming weeks considering the urgency, some national lawmakers, top political advisors and lawyers said, as the central government prepared to set up national security agencies in Hong Kong to enhance information collecting and evidence to deal with acts like splitting the country, subverting state power, organizing and perpetrating terrorist activities.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 22:23:01

'Imperative' to plug national security loopholes in HK: spokespersons

Safeguarding national security does not contradict the principles of "one country, two systems," and deliberations on improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) at the ongoing legislature session are imperative, said the liaison office of the central government in HKSAR and the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office on Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 18:24:21

China slows defense budget growth to 6.6 % in 2020

China set its 2020 defense budget growth target at 6.6 percent, lower than the 7.5 percent growth in 2019.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/22 9:56:42

Passing national security law in HK shows central government's determination: expert

Formulating a national security legislation for Hong Kong shows that the central government is determined to safeguard its sovereignty over the special administrative region and will protect the territory from falling into the hands of the hostile forces at all cost, especially after the Hong Kong SAR government has been weakened in the past years fending off growing risks caused by local secessionists and foreign intervention, a senior expert close to the central government on Hong Kong affairs told the Global Times on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 22:16:38

National security law in HK may be completed within half year: experts

The 3rd session of 13th NPC will address draft decision of the National People's Congress on the Establishment and Improvement of the Legal System and Implementation Mechanism for the Safeguarding of National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 21:45:16

Chinese expert refutes lung transplant rumors

Foreign medical experts have been turning to their Chinese counterparts for experiences in lung transplants for COVID-19 patients after China successfully conducted the world's first double-lung transplant for COVID-19 patients in February, a renowned Chinese lung transplant surgeon said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 21:08:41

China's top political advisory body starts annual session

China's top political advisory body started its annual session Thursday afternoon in Beijing.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/21 17:23:31

China urgently needs 5G security strategy to join global digital race: political advisor

While Western countries boost the construction of their 5G networks as part of their national security strategies, a political advisor said that China, a country with an extremely large scale of 5G-connected facilities, urgently needs a national security strategy to join the global digital race in addressing cybersecurity threats.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 19:57:02

Businesses anticipate broader opening of finance, healthcare

As the global economy struggles amid the raging Covid-19 pandemic, China is expected to send a positive signal during this year's two sessions to strengthen the confidence of foreign investors, global business representatives said Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 18:33:40

China achieves all 2019 quantitative targets, but tough tasks lie ahead

As China's annual “two sessions” will kick off on Thursday, the State Council, the country's cabinet, revealed on Tuesday that all the 38 quantitative targets listed in the 2019 government work report have been achieved.
Source: Ma Jingjing | 2020/5/20 0:04:22

Greater Bay Area could designate sites to house HK residents: DAB

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area could consider creating two landfill sites in South China's Guangdong Province for new housing, mainly for Hong Kong residents, according to attendees of the upcoming two sessions from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/19 21:58:35

Beijing continues strict anti-epidemic measures amid upcoming two sessions

Zhang Ge, an official from the Beijing epidemic prevention and control team, told a press conference on Sunday that given the upcoming two sessions and the epidemic rebound in some other areas in the country, the capital will continue strict management including sealing off communities and villages and properly manage people returning to Beijing.
Source: | 2020/5/17 23:30:02

Proactive fiscal policies expected at two sessions: Chinese experts

Proactive fiscal policies are expected at the upcoming two sessions, a major event in China's political calendar, and are needed to promote the recovery of the real economy from the fallout of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/14 23:34:27

China's 2020 fiscal deficit target to exceed 3%: economists

China is on track to set its annual fiscal deficit target beyond 3 percent for 2020 – one of the most-watched economic goals to be unveiled at the forthcoming annual two sessions –to pump more support into its coronavirus-hit economy, experts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/14 20:03:40