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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6.7 Public budgets: The role of local-government financing platforms
The commission is tasked to coordinate reforms and regulations between existing regulators and hold regulators and local governments accountable for failure to enact policy
6.8 Infrastructure policy and the high-speed rail network
In November 2017, a new cargo railway line was opened connecting Kouvola, Finland and Xi’an, China. It now takes 17 days to cover the 9,000 km distance which is 30 days less than shipment times. This railway link marks the integration of Nordic countries in the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.
At the end of November, China’s railway authorities report that Chinese companies are involved in more than 20 railway projects overseas, with a total investment of over 100 billion RMB. All projects are said to be linked to the Belt and Road Initiative with the aim to promote cooperation along the new Silk Road.
Part of the Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway line in Guizhou has been exposed in November for having bad tunnel design and construction leading to severe water leakage. As a result, trains had to reduce their speed to as low as 70 kilometers per hour, instead of the usual speed of 300 km, to ensure safe operation.
6.15 Urbanization policy: Experimental urban concepts
6.16 Internet security: National IT independence and China’s cyber policy
6.18 Mega-projects: China’s South-to-North Water Transfer Project
The head of the State Council South-to-North Water Diversion Project Construction Commission chaired a meeting of the commission in Beijing. Wang Yang, vice head of the commission, emphasized water quality and environmental protection.
1.2 How China is portrayed in Western media
On October 25, Chinese officials denied journalists of the BBC, the Financial Times, the Economist, the New York Times and the Guardian access to a statement by party-state leader Xi Jinping introducing the new Politburo to the press at the end of the 19th party congress of the CCP. No formal explanation has been given.
1.4 Utilizing information and data from China
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that it will expand its activities to calculating regional economic development. In a reform of national and regional economic accounting, the provincial statistics bureaus will work under the direct supervision of the NBS. It is another effort of the government to improve data accuracy within China’s economy.
2.11.1 Party control over the judicial and police systems
On October 18, Xi Jinping delivered his working report to the 19th Party Congress and declared the plan to establish a “Leading Small Group of Governing the Country by Law”. This would be the highest decision-making institution that takes on the leading role in carrying out China’s strategy of “governing the country by law”.