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?
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6.7 Public budgets: The role of local-government financing platforms
Local governments which were previously not allowed to borrow funds directly can now do so when constructing roads with toll booths.
Plans to curtail outward investment were introduced, deepening of financial system reform to continue, financial stability and development committee which will supervise regulatory commissions was established.
Chongqing restricts funding of public interest projects such as infrastructure and public utilities through LGFVs. The policy is intended insure local government only borrows for profitable projects.
6.14 Foreign and security policies: Maritime rights and interests
Three Chinese and ten Russian ships took part in the joint drills off the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. The exercise was part of the “Joint Sea”-series that previously saw the two navies meeting in the South China Sea.
6.16 Internet security: National IT independence and China’s cyber policy
The new campaign, announced on July 27, will focus for now on China’s ten most popular digital service providers: WeChat, Sina Weibo, Taobao, JD.com, Alipay, AMAP, Baidu Maps, DiDi, Umetrip and Ctrip. Recent developments suggest though that authorities will get more closely involved in influencing the data privacy and cybersecurity policies of private enterprises.
6.9 Industrial policy and investment catalogs in the automotive sector
NDRC and MOFCOM have jointly released the 2017 Foreign Investment Catalog (外商投资产业指导目录) which entered into force on July 28. For the first time, the catalog abolishes the requirement to establish a joint venture with a Chinese partner for the manufacturing of motorcycles. Moreover, international car manufacturers are now allowed to establish more than two joint ventures for producing e-cars with Chinese partners.
6.11 Environmental policy: Curtailing urban air pollution
The pilot zones are in Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guizhou and Xinjiang. The goal is to encourage loan providers to incorporate ecological concerns into their considerations.
The “Technical Guideline for Deriving Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Human Health” and the “Technical Regulation of Field Investigation for Environment and Health” helping to enforce the Environmental Protection Law have been released.