PLA published an article on the Indian Navy. China’s eyes are on INS Vikrant


VSChina’s grand geopolitical strategy in the Pacific is unfolding. Premier Li Keqiang speaks to 100,000 Chinese economic officials. The People’s Liberation Army published an article on India’s naval strategy. Chinascope brings you the stories that changed our world in the past week.

China over the week

There are a few times in the history of the world when we can watch the arc of change unfold before our eyes. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s trip to the Pacific promises to be a historic event.

The 10-day visit to seven countries from May 26 to June 4 gives us a glimpse of the cards Beijing is playing with, and the plan will include military, economic and diplomatic relations with the region.

In the Solomon Islands, Wang Yi signed key bilateral agreements to strengthen economic and security ties with Honiara. The deals come after Beijing and Honiara agreed on a security pact that would allow the PLA to make stopovers among other security-related arrangements. Yi tried to quell rumors of a potential military base in the Solomon Islands. “No intention at all,” the foreign minister said.

But the visit to the Pacific has a much larger plan. In Fiji, Beijing’s plan for a regional deal with nearly a dozen Pacific island countries has been leak.

China is seeking a regional trade deal with Samoa, Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Beijing has an argument that it sells to Pacific countries called “Common Vision of Development”.

China may have had some success, but not all Pacific nations are confident about security cooperation with Beijing. Kiribati is backtracking, hinting that it is interested in trade and tourism with China, but not in Beijing’s proposed security deals. China wants to help Kiribati upgrade a World War II-era airstrip, but the Pacific island nation isn’t interested.

The next few days will be crucial to assess the success of Beijing’s bet in the region.


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Economic scramble, military power

On May 26, reports leaked on Chinese social media that Premier Li Keqiang was hosting a national economic conference. The teleconference involved 100,000 officials from across China to remind them of a new initiative to revive the economy. But no news reports mentioned the meeting until state media released footage of the meeting the next day. “We are currently at a critical moment to determine the economic trend for the whole year. We must seize the time window and strive to bring the economy back to the normal path,” said Li Keqiang. Li’s encounter was briefly mentioned on the front page of the People’s Daily without photos from the teleconference.

Curiously, there was no mention of Beijing’s Covid control strategy in Li’s remarks – an issue that has been President Xi Jinping’s top priority.

As the leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the United States gathered in Tokyo for the Quad Summit on May 24, Chinese and Russian forces decided to deploy their military forces in the Sea of Japan.

The two Russian Tu-95 bombers and the two Chinese H-6 strategic bombers flew over the Sea of ​​Japan and the East China Sea. China and Russia have called the aerial patrol part of their annual exercise. But the annual joint China-Russia patrol exercise usually takes place later in the year. No one can deny that the two countries had a message addressed to the member countries of the Quad in Tokyo. Beijing also held military meetings exercises near Taiwan as US President Joe Biden spoke about his cross-strait policy in Tokyo.


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Re-design

There are rumors about upcoming promotions in Beijing’s power circles.

Liu Jianchao, who twice headed the foreign ministry’s information department, is expected to be promoted at the head of the Information Office of the Council of State. The Council of State is a key role in charge of foreign propaganda and liaison with foreign media. Another rumor is likely promotion from Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng to the head of the National Radio and Television Administration. If Le is promoted, he will become a full member of the CPC Central Committee.

We will continue to hear these rumors about the promotion of Chinese politicians as the National Party Congress approaches later this year.

The long-awaited visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to Xinjiang finally took place last week. But many are disappointed with its result. Bachelet hit Beijing home run with his remarks on the visit.

Bachelet said that she could assess the extent of “vocational education and training centers” and that she was concerned about the lack of independent judicial oversight of “training centers” in Xinjiang.


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China in the world news

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s long-awaited speech on China raised many questions about what he had to say. But we now know that the address had no surprises. Blinken spoke at George Washington University on May 26.

“China is the only country with both the intention to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological might to do so. Beijing’s vision would take us away from the universal values ​​that have underpinned so much progress around the world over the past 75 years,” the secretary of state said.

Ian Johnson of the Council on Foreign Relations, which criticizes the US administration’s China policy, summed up the speech’s assessment by saying, “In its most developed version, the policy focuses primarily on non-Chinese actors. The first is “invest,” which calls for the United States to invest more in high-tech and other forward-looking industries so that it can compete with China. »

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Podworld

Financial Times’ Demetri Sevastopulo has been at the forefront of US-China reporting at a time when their mutual tensions have spilled over into multiple areas. Kaiser Kuo of the Sinica Podcast Network spoke to Sevastopulo about his ability to find scoops on US-China relations and the direction of geopolitical competition. Chinascope recommends listening to the conversation.


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India in China

The PLA website prominently published an article about the upcoming launch of India’s locally built aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.

“The second is to boost the implementation of India’s ‘two oceans’ strategy. At present, India’s only aircraft carrier “Vikramaditya” is deployed in the western waters of India. After the commissioning of the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, it will strengthen water control in eastern India and promote the implementation of India’s “eastward strategy”, thereby expanding the India’s influence in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific”, wrote Hong author.

The public debate over China’s recent actions on the Line of Actual Control has captured the public’s imagination. But we rarely hear about Chinese views on India.

A recent investigation by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies revealed that India ranks just behind the United States in terms of countries viewed negatively in China. What is even surprising is that opinions on India are relatively more negative than in Japan, a country that is still part of the Chinese national imagination when it comes to the “century of humiliation”. .

Experts this week

Liu Zongyi, Secretary General of the South Asia and China Center, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, wrote“Judging from what the Indo-Pacific economic framework is now revealing, India is interested in some of them, especially the second and third pillars, because the focus of India’s participation in the US Indo-Pacific strategy is to counter the Belt and Road Initiative, taking the opportunity to promote the transfer of Asian supply chains to India, replacing China’s position in the chains India especially hopes that Western countries such as the United States, Europe and Japan can provide it with capital and advanced technologies because of its important role in containment and China containment In order to promote Quad, the United States used the Quad and ‘Quad+’ platforms to make promises.

The author is a freelance columnist and journalist. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international politics with a focus on China at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was previously a Chinese media reporter at the BBC World Service. He tweets @aadilbrar. Views are personal.

(Edited by Humra Laeeq)

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