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The Chinese government is one of the most important actors in international affairs today. China’s global economic and diplomatic presence is challenging the earlier dominance by the Western powers. To thoroughly understand how the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has grown in power requires a careful analysis of its political system. What contribution has the political system and government activity made in respect to China’s economic transformation? What consequences will the economic modernisation and world-economic integration have on the political system? Is the political system able to adapt to changing economic, technological, and international conditions? Which potentials and risks will shape the mid-term development of the political system?

The book offers a differentiated understanding of the conditions, potentials and risks of the political development in China. It is based on a comprehensive of analysis of Chinese resources and gives readers the most current overview of international China research.

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Updates on China's Political System

We have updated all chapters until May 2018. You can browse all updates on China's Political System by key word or chapter of the book. 

4.7 Economic globalization and government policy

China sells first US dollar denominated bond in a decade

For the first time since 2004 the Ministry of Finance offered a US dollar denominated bond to investors. The 2 billion USD sovereign bond was heavily oversubscribed, attracting over 10 billion USD in order. According to the Ministry of Finance the offering is intended to further underline the countries ambitions to open its financial system. The sovereign bond also helps set a pricing benchmark for foreign currency bonds for other Chinese entities aiming to tap in the international financial market.

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5.1 Political control and “social management”

Detailed report on citizen informants in Beijing

A report in China’s Legal Evening News on September 22 revealed details on the scope of citizens who are active as informants for the police. According to the report, the so called “Chaoyang Masses (Qun Zhong)” group claims to have about 190,000 participants, with over 130,000 using their real names. They provide over 20,000 tips to the police every month. They get paid from 300 to 500 CNY per month by the Chaoyang District government.

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5.6 The media and public opinion

Beijing and Guangdong authorities fine Tencent, Baidu, and Weibo for violations under new Cyberspace Law

On September 26, the Guangdong Cyberspace authorities fined Tencent for failing to police its platform WeChat properly. On the same day, the Beijing Cyberspace Office hit Baidu and Weibo with fines as well for failing to remove banned content. The move may have been undertaken in anticipation of the Nineteenth Party Congress in October, but also reflect stricter enforcement of censorship rules in general.

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5.7 Ethnic and religious groups

Religious groups in China face much closer scrutiny

The Chinese government has passed new “Regulations on Religious Affairs,” ushering in sweeping new controls of religious activities coming into effect on February 2018. The document published by the State Council, China’s cabinet, updates rules dating back to 2005 and is designed to “block extremism” und bolster “national security.”

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6.4 Media policy: Controlling social media

New regulations on liability of chat group administrators for content

On September 7, the Cyberspace Administration of China has issued new regulations to make chat group administrators accountable for the content of their chat group. The regulations due to come into effect in October also link chat groups to China’s Social Credit System by obligating chat providers to introduce their own rating system. Chat participants who post sensitive materials will see their score go down, their right to manage chat groups suspended and they will get reported to the authorities.

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6.9 Industrial policy and investment catalogs in the automotive sector

China moves towards banning internal combustion engines

China has become the latest country to announce plans to ban gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles. At an automotive policy forum in Tianjin in September 2017, China’s vice minister for industry and information technology, Xin Guobin, said his ministry has begun work on a timetable to phase out internal combustion engines. Yet he didn’t mention a target date. Earlier this year, several other countries, among them France, Great Britain and Norway, announced plans to ban internal combustion engines. A possible ban in China though, the world’s largest car market, puts pressure on domestic and international manufacturers to speed up the development of electric and alternative vehicles.

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China published final version of E-car quota

At the end of September 2017, MIIT published the final version of the so-called cap- and trade policy, which introduces a mandatory quota for New Energy Vehicles in 2019. The quota requires car manufacturers, which import or produce more than 30,000 traditional vehicles, to sell low- or zero-emission vehicles and thus obtain “credits” equivalent to 10 percent of sales and production by 2019 and 12 percent by 2020.

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6.14 Foreign and security policies: Maritime rights and interests

China and Russia conduct joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan and Okhotsk Sea

Four Chinese and three Russian ships took part in the exercise, part of the “Joint Sea”-series, which focused on anti-submarine warfare as well as joint submarine rescue operations.

6.16 Internet security: National IT independence and China’s cyber policy

China’s tech giants fined for violating Cybersecurity Law

On September 25, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced that it had issued maximum fines to Baidu, Weibo and Tencent for failing to fulfill their duties in dealing with pornographic and violent content. While the amount of the fine was not made public, under the current law it could be up to 500,000 RMB. This was the result of the first state-level investigation launched by the CAC after the new Cybersecurity Law came into effect on June 1.

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6.11 Environmental policy: Curtailing urban air pollution

Alert system to protect environmental capacity

The general offices of the Central Committee and the State Council announced that authorities can stop granting approval for projects in regions where the environment is already under stress. Companies causing environmental damage face punishment including fines, production restrictions, and shutdowns.

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