- Foreign Minister Wang Yi: China is not a “systemic rival” of the EU
- Growing military spending only for defense?
- Cautious growth forecast – high Q1 exports
- Beijing backs nuclear power for climate change
- China to vaccinate 40 percent of population by summer
- Emissions up 1.7 percent in 2020
- EU opposes electoral reform in Hong Kong
- Profile: Sigrun Abels
It was a demonstration of economic strength that China’s Premier Li Keqiang combined with the announcement at the start of the National People’s Congress on Friday that the country’s domestic product will increase by at least six percent this year. This was followed on Sunday by the foreign minister’s demonstration of his geopolitical claim to power. In no uncertain terms, Wang Yi forbade any form of interference in “internal affairs”, whether it be Hong Kong or Taiwan. Frank Sieren summarizes the essential details of the annual press conference.
The announced economic growth and military spending plans, you, as a reader of China.Table, already know about since Friday morning. Felix Lee and Christiane Kühl now analyze the background in this briefing.
China is by far the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide and it stands to reason that the international community is watching Beijing’s ambitious plans to cut emissions with the greatest interest. In the 14th Five-Year Plan, which the National People’s Congress is debating this week, one is hard-pressed to find specific references to this. The only exception: nuclear power projects, as Finn Mayer-Kuckuk writes. China wants to add twenty gigawatts by 2035.
Wishing you a successful start to the week,