Weekly Report 4|31 6.12.2021-6.18.2021
Xi Jinping Responds to Yanhu Community Market gas explosion in Hubei Province, emphasizing safety and stability in advance of centenary celebration (See Senior Leaders Section).
During a tour of Jilin province, Politburo Standing Committee Member and State Council Premier Li Keqiang (李克强) promotes economic revitalization of China’s Northeast (See Senior Leaders Section).
PLA Daily publishes Xie Xinping (解辛平) commentary on Chinese Communist Party centenary (See Propaganda Work Section).
Xi Jinping Gives Important Instructions on Yanhu Community Market Gas Explosion in Zhangwan District in Shiyan City, Hubei Province
6.13 On 13 June at 6:40am, a gas explosion occurred in Shiyan City, Hubei Province. So far, the accident has caused 12 deaths with 37 in critical condition. Noting that the explosion was the latest incident in a string of safety accidents in facilities production and school campuses, Xi Jinping emphasized learning from these incidents and consolidating responsibilities, increasing political acumen, and investigating safety matters to prevent major incidents in the future. He also stressed the upcoming centenary saying that the safety of the people and social stability are important for ensuring a good atmosphere for the century-old Party.
Politburo Standing Committee Member and State Council Premier Li Keqiang asked that emergency efforts be organized to treat the injured and reduce casualties, as well as identify the cause of the incident and hold those responsible accountable in accordance with laws and regulations. The State Council Work Safety Committee and the Ministry of Emergency Management should urge localities to strengthen safety provisions and investigate key areas to reduce accidents. The Ministry of Emergency Management and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development have since sent working groups to manage the fallout from the accident, and the National Health Commission has selected experts in critical care, burns and psychological intervention to go to Shiyan City and guide emergency medical efforts.
Guo Shengkun: Carry Out Education Rectification with the “Spirit of Hammering Nails” to Ensure Concrete Results
6.15 Politburo Member, Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, and Guo Shengkun (郭声琨), a Politburo member, Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, and chair of the National Political and Legal Personnel Education and Rectification Leading Small Group convened a national conference for the National Political and Legal Personnel Leading Small Group 15 June. At the conference, Guo emphasized the need to thoroughly learn and implement President Xi Jinping’s oft-referenced “spirit of hammering nails” (钉子精神) as they continue to deepen the first rectification of education. He stated that they would all work to actually solve problems in order to show that “[we] do real things for the people”; a focus explicitly meant to highlight a new political and legal image for the people.. Guo Shengkun elaborated on preparing for the second round of rectifying education, specifying that the goal for it is to, “ensure that the second education rectification...has a steady start and smooth beginning.” He further called for the leading small group to work diligently to ensure that major public safety incidents do not happen, and that there is a safe and stable social environment for the celebration of the centenary of the establishment of the Party.
Zhao Kezhi (赵克志), Zhou Qiang (周强), and Zhang Jun (张军) also attended the conference.
Li Keqiang: Vigorously Advance Reform and Opening, Cultivate and Expand Market Entities to Promote the Comprehensive Revitalization of the Northeast and Achieve New Breakthroughs
6.16 During a 15-16 June inspection tour of Jilin province, Politburo Standing Committee Member and State Council Premier Li Keqiang (李克强) stressed the need to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, consciously implement the strategic decisions and deployments of the Central Committee and the State Council, make greater efforts to promote reform and opening, cultivate and expand market entities, and strengthen economic development. While touring the Songyuan City, Li expressed his concern about food production, emphasizing the importance of stabilizing the costs of materials and production in response to fears about rising prices. Also on his tour, Li said that the Northeast was a good area for development and living and that reforms should be deepened and a market-oriented business environment created to increase domestic and foreign investment in the region. Visiting a demonstration zone for cooperation with the Republic of Korea, Li discussed the importance of international partnerships and in particular the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership for the Northeast’s revitalization. On his tour, he also stressed environmental and ecological protection.
Wang Yang: Implement Safety and Responsibility to Promote Secure Development and Earnestly Safeguard the Lives and Property of the Masses
6.16 State Council Member Wang Yang (王勇) attended a “Safety Publicity and Consultation Day” event in Beijing, focused on workplace and production safety. At the conference, Wang stressed the need to “implement the spirit of Xi Jinping’s important instructions on strengthening production safety work, persist in [seeing] the people and their lives as paramount, genuinely and firmly implement the safety development concept; rigorously implement responsibility for safe production; further strengthen safety publicity and education; increase safety awareness among the entire population; continue to upgrade production safety work and the level of safety development.” He also emphasized preventing accidents and prioritizing human life. At the event, he learned about workplace safety measures; training and education; construction, electricity, gas, and water related measures; relief measures and emergency rescue. He underscored the necessity of “strict safety supervision enforcement, improving whole-of-society safety awareness and scientific rescue capacity, and resolutely checking the momentum of safety accidents,” and creating a safe and stable environment for celebrating the Party’s centenary.
Sun Chunlan: Deepen the Party History Study and Education within the Education System; Strengthen Moral Education in Study and Practice
6.16 Politburo member Sun Chunlan (孙春兰) attended the finale of the “Online Retrace of the Long March” (网上重走长征路), an event for college students. She emphasized that the education system should thoroughly implement the spirit of Xi Jinping’s important instructions take celebrating the centenary of the CCP’s founding as the main line, firmly carry out Party History Study and Education and integrate it into school teaching, and guide the majority of teachers and students in the study and practice of firm understanding and firm ideals “so that the red gene passes from generation to generation.” She discussed how schools could better incorporate the study of party history into their curriculums so the youth can “understand the history of the Party, learn the Party’s innovative theory, reveal the power and patriotism of the youth in the new era, and take on the great responsibility of being socialist builders and successors.”
Maintain the Respected Status of Soldiers and Protect their Legitimate Rights and Interests People's Daily
6.15 People’s Daily published a Commentator Article on the “Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of the Status, Rights and Interests of Military Personnel,” passed by the National People’s Congress on 10 June. The Law seeks to improve the national legal system, protect the status and rights of soldiers in accordance with the law, lead society to respect the military profession and strengthen national defense awareness. The commentary explained the new law in the context of China’s national rejuvenation: “Our country is in a critical period of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. It is imperative to formulate and propagate a law on the protection of military status and rights to strengthen and rejuvenate the army.” The law adheres to Xi Jinping Thought on Strengthening the Army as a guide and focuses on serving and preparing for war. With stronger legal guarantees, the Chinese government hopes that soldiers and officers will be encouraged to effectively perform their duties and missions, and attract talented new recruits.
Zhong Sheng: The Political Game of “Fake Prevention, Real Provocation” Must Come to An End
6.15 A People’s Daily Zhong Sheng column called for the United States to honor its commitments from the Three China-US Joint Communiqués, in which the United States officially maintains a one-China policy. The commentary warns the United States to be careful not to mistakenly give any signs of promoting “Taiwan independence” (台独), otherwise it may cause further serious damage to China-US relations and the stability of the Taiwan Strait. This is in response to the US playing what China calls a “political game to interfere in China’s internal affairs”—one that “the Chinese Government will not accept and one its people will not respond to.” Accusing US senators of playing the “Taiwan card” (台湾牌) to provoke China while under the guise of aiding pandemic prevention efforts, the Zhong Sheng article brought attention to three US Senators who recently went to Taiwan to deliver 750,000 COVID vaccinations and who openly called for a hearing to improve Taiwan-US relations. The article pointed out that the United States is yet to deliver these vaccines, and that even if they were delivered, such a small amount of vaccines would be negligible for Taiwan’s population of over 23 million people. If Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) really cared for the safety of the people’s health, then they would cease colluding with these US senators in political games and allow Chinese COVID vaccines to be imported, especially since 80 percent of Taiwanese citizens are willing to take the Chinese vaccine, according to polling. In addition, Zhong Sheng explained that China is secure in its stance because World Health Organization (WHO) member countries rejected the proposal to extend an invitation to Taiwan for its 74th conference, from which the article inferred their support for the one China principle.
The article notifies American senators that using Taiwan as a weight to put pressure on China is “playing with fire,” saying that if they do so, they are underestimating China’s determination to protect its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. Drawing a line, it even goes so far as to explicitly state that, “the United States must realize that the Chinese government has no room for compromise or concessions on the issue of Taiwan.”
Central Committee and State Council Release "Central Propaganda Department and Ministry of Justice Eighth Five-Year Plan on Carrying Out Legal Awareness Publicity and Education (2021-2025)" Xinhua
6.15 On 15 June, the Central Committee and the State Council released "Central Propaganda Department and Ministry of Justice Eighth Five-Year Plan on Carrying Out Legal Awareness Publicity and Education (2021-2025)." The plan seeks to popularize rule of law to "comprehensively govern the country according to the law" in hopes that the whole of society will respect, learn and abide by the law. Within Xi Jinping Thought, rule of law is a requirement for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, and the latest achievement for the sinicization of Marxism that will in turn follow a socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics. It will also “strengthen the ‘four consciousnesses’ (四个意识), consolidate the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), [and] achieve the ‘two defends’ (两个维护).” This will support the rule of law as a social consensus and basic norm. The five year plan will implement these goals by improving citizens' legal literacy and the deepening legalization of social governance by 2025. The rule of law will be incorporated into the educational curriculums across levels, strengthening the study of constitutional laws associated with national identity such as the National Flag Law and National Anthem Law, propagating civil code principles, publicizing the socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics, and encouraging the study of party laws and regulations. These educational initiatives will be accompanied by positive incentives for law abiding behaviors and punishment mechanisms for illegal ones.
The plan also mentions disseminating China's rule of law internationally, namely to "tell the story of China's compliance with international law, and declare the country's position to safeguard the international rule of law, international fairness and justice." This includes prioritizing the rule of law in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, compiling case materials for overseas enterprises, institutions and personnel, and strengthening research on the extraterritorial application of China's laws. In regards to rural communities, the plan calls for training "legally knowledgeable people" in villages. In order to support grassroots social governance, the plan calls for strengthening lawful sociocultural behaviors such as cultivating law-abiding families that practice filial piety, gender equality and family oriented life that utilize both mediation and a legal culture. The development of China's legal process will also entail expanded public consultations, hearings, legislative spokespersons, law enforcement processes among others. The results of this plan will be evaluated using comprehensive evaluations that set parameters based on realistic conditions, and mid-term assessments for continued monitoring and problem solving. Qiushi Commentator: The First Centenary Goal is About to be Achieved Qiushi
6.16 Qiushi published a commentator article declaring that, as the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party is approaching, the Party’s first centenary goal is about to be achieved. The article said that “since its founding, the CCP has righteously assumed the historical mission of seeking happiness for the Chinese people and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and that after a century of struggle, “the Chinese people have never been so prosperous, healthy, and full of happiness, and the Chinese nation has never been such a glorious prospect as it is today.”
The article reviewed the term “moderately prosperous”—as in the first centenary goal of “building a moderately prosperous society—saying it has taken on new meaning throughout the CCP’s one hundred year history, and especially since Xi Jinping came to power. Specifically, Xi said that in order for a moderately prosperous society to be established, “no one can be left behind.” In achieving a moderately prosperous society, the article declared that “the problem of absolute poverty that has plagued China for thousands of years has been historically resolved,” “people’s living standards have been significantly improved,” “the socialist modernization drive has achieved a historic leap,” and China has “made a huge contribution to the development of human society.”
He Yin: Continue to Break New Ground for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s New Stage of Development
6.16 On 15 June, People’s Daily published a He Yin commentary acknowledging the 20-year anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), it’s development over the last 20 years and Xi Jinping’s proposal for the SCO’s future direction. Since its establishment, member states have followed the “Shanghai Spirit,” to “[strengthen] cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, security and humanities, and [establish] a new type of international relations model featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation.” The new model of international cooperation works toward peace using constructive partnerships that are “non-aligned, non-confrontational and non-targeted against third parties.” Today, the GDP of SCO member states amounts to US $20 trillion, which is 13 times larger than that at its establishment, with a total foreign trade volume of US $6.6 trillion—a 100-fold increase from 20 years prior. The “Shanghai Spirit” proposed by the SCO is one of “mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and common development.” The commentary positions this spirit in contrast with current prevailing norms: “At present, the international situation is complex and changeable, unilateralism and protectionism are on the rise, challenging issues are emerging one after the other, and security threats remain severe. The international community expects that the SCO will continue to contribute to “SCO wisdom” to respond to global challenges, improve global governance and to maintain peace.” In 2020 Xi Jinping proposed building a “health community,” a “safety community,” a “development community” and “cultural exchange community” within the framework of the SCO in the post-epidemic era. He states China will continue to work with partners to develop a closer SCO community and a new type of international relations for building a community with a shared future for mankind.
Zhong Sheng: “Going In For ‘Small Cliques’ and ‘Bloc Politics’ is Going Against the Tide.”
6.17 On 17 June, People’s Daily published a Zhong Sheng commentary on page three entitled “Going in for ‘Small Cliques’ and ‘Bloc Politics’ is Going Against the Tide.” The commentary protested the joint statement issued at the recently-concluded G7 summit, describing its content on Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and other issues as “malicious slander” (蓄意诬蔑) that “interfered in China’s internal affairs.” Declaring that the statement violated the United Nations charter, it asserted that it revealed “the bad intentions of the United States and a few other countries to artificially manufacture antagonism and estrangement and expand disagreements and contradictions.” It asserted that in the face of global challenges including climate change, weak economic recovery, and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the countries involved had “‘digressed’” from serious issues and sunk into a “‘quagmire of anti-China prejudice.’” It said that this conduct had aroused the “deep disappointment” of the international community, citing critical remarks from a Spanish newspaper and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Asserting that the countries’ efforts to project an image of solidarity had been poorly received abroad because “lies are lies,” it defended China’s national security and election-related reforms in Hong Kong, its administration of Xinjiang, and the one-China principle as being appreciated or supported by the international community. It said that the G7’s utterances “fully reveal the United States’ and some other countries’ attempts to go in for ‘small cliques’ and ‘bloc politics’” with a “dangerous intent” to “delineate and suppress different development models.” It protested that the world’s only international system was that based on the UN, its only international order was that based on international law, and its only set of rules was that based on the United Nations charter. It asserted that the world was in urgent need of strengthened cooperation and “true multilateralism” under UN auspices and that the involved countries’ “obsession with going in for antagonism” would meet with the “disgust and resistance of the international community.” It added that the necessity of the G7 had increasingly come into question due to its decreasing clout and outmoded perspective on the world. It asserted, “the multi polarization of the world and the democratization of international relations are irresistible trends of the times. The era of one country or one group of countries ordering the world around is gone. Any conduct that goes in for ‘small cliques’ and ‘bloc politics’ is going against the global tide and cannot prevail.” It concluded that the relevant countries should “treat their own mental illness” (好好治治自己的心病) and stop attempting to create an “‘imaginary enemy’” to recover their lost influence.
Xie Xinping: A Vow Written on the Earth: Celebrating the Centenary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China PLA Daily
6.18 On 18 June, PLA Daily published a commentary under the Xie Xinping (解辛平) byline to commemorate the CCP’s centennial anniversary. Early in the piece, Xie discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and the Chinese government’s subsequent response. After breaking out in Wuhan in 2020, the pandemic presented a test for the Chinese Government, which it overcame with its speed, warmth and accuracy. The commentary asserted that after containing the pandemic China was the only major economy in the world to achieve positive economic growth while also constructing the 14th Five-Year Plan and maintaining epidemic control efforts. The commentary highlighted railway construction as an additional example of New China's success and the Communist Party's superior leadership, this time as compared to its predecessors. Projects such as these are hailed as the CCP conquering nature and enabling Chinese people to traverse the world.
After reform and opening, China was confronted by critics who predicted the reforms' failure. However, China remains "unmoved by the 'Washington Consensus' that the West has clamored about for some time.” In some countries, “copying the West's 'homework' has resulted in 'a mess,’” whereas the Chinese Communist Party has instead localized Marxism so it is compatible with China's local conditions, creating “a successful model for poor and backward Eastern countries to realize modernization." The commentary reiterated this transformation is because of the strong leadership of the CCP with Xi Jinping as the core, with the goal of expanding China's reforms from the economic system to economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological civilization systems [of China], and also comprehensively expanding the party system. Turning to poverty alleviation, the commentary highlighted how Chinese people have benefited from the CCP’s leadership with 98.99 million Chinese people being lifted out of poverty, reflecting the emergence of a well-off society and heightened living standards. Looking back at the party's history, the commentary posed the question: what was the “‘source code’’’ (根目录) of the Party that led to “one hundred years of glory”? Xie Xinping concluded that the answer was Marxism and the relationship between the CCP and the Chinese people.
United Front Work
Wang Yang Attends the “Strengthening National Strategic Capacity in Science and Technology” Research and Consultation Symposium People’s Daily 6.16 People’s Daily reported on the 16 June United Front Work Department Research and Consultation Symposium in Beijing. The symposium was held to review the research results on strengthening national strategic capacity in science and technology carried out by relevant party groups. Politburo Standing Committee Member and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee Chair Wang Yang (汪洋) attended the meeting and delivered a speech. During his speech, Wang described how strengthening the national strategic capacity in science and technology was deployed by Xi and the CCP. Parties and organizations must dedicate themselves to advancing “intelligence-intensive advantages, actively implement major national science and technology projects, continue to conduct consultations and discussions, build broad social consensus, and contribute their wisdom to strengthening scientific and technological power.” After reviewing the research results, practical and fair policy recommendations were put forth covering the areas of intellectual property rights, technology innovation policies, kay laboratories, and public health reform among others.
You Quan: Effectively Carry Out the Democratic Supervision of Yangtze River Environmental Protection People’s Daily
6.16 On 16 June, the People’s Daily reported on the democratic supervision meeting for Yangtze River ecological and environmental protection the day prior. Secretary of the Central Secretariat and head of the United Front Work Department You Quan (尤权) attended and delivered a speech. During his speech, You announced that the United Front Work Department, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment will jointly lead the democratic supervision of the river. He then emphasized the importance of implementing Xi Jinping’s ecological civilization thought, and offering suggestions to improve the multi-party cooperation system.
Wang Zuoan attended the National Joint Meeting of Religious Organizations and Delivered a Speech United Front
6.17 On 17 June, the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee reported on the National Joint Conference of Religious Groups held in Shanghai the day prior. The meeting celebrated the CCP’s centenary and was attended by association leaders of the Buddhist, Taoist, Islamic, Catholic, and Protestant Christian faiths. They affirmed the CCP’s contribution to developing the Chinese nation and human society, acknowledging that “without the Communist Party, there would be no New China, and without socialism with Chinese characteristics, it would be impossible to realize the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” Additionally, there would be no religious policies or a healthy social environment for the harmonious continuation of religious practice in China. Participants expressed their intent to continue carrying out their love for the Party and socialism in religious circles, and increase their enthusiasm for Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The article emphasized the importance of sinicizing religion and regulating the management, study and observance of religious practice in the country.
The General Office of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Issued an Implementation Opinion on Normalizing the Punishment of “Protective Umbrellas” Related to Gangs and Corruption
6.15 Supplementing a recent Opinion from the General Offices of the Central Committee and State Council, the General Office of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) issued an “Implementation Opinion on Normalizing the Punishment of ‘Protective Umbrellas’ Related to Gangs and Corruption Work.” It provided guidance for the CCDI and National Supervisory Commission (NSC) as they continue to “attack protective umbrellas and destroy criminal networks” of gangs and other corrupt bodies. The Commission achieved significant results in breaking up “protective umbrellas” as it implemented Xi Jinping’s special campaign of cracking down on underworld crime and corruption. The article stated that this work has given the CCDI-NSC valuable experience, and that it needs to apply what it has learned, as well as expand the rule of law, enforce punishments in the system, and increase the level of propaganda.
The Opinion called repeatedly for reform and perfecting of the disciplinary system in order to plug loopholes, and advised supervisors to keep their “antennas” extended towards the grassroots to pick up on any new trends and strictly call to account any corruption not being fought or problems not being solved. In that same vein, the Implementation Opinion called on the institution to, “continue to root out and focus attacks on what the people hate and oppose, ensuring that everything is settled and responded to.” The article then highlighted the Opinion’s emphasis on implementing Xi Jinping’s Thoughts on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and on the Central Committee’s policy guidance for regularly cracking down on underworld crime, which includes strengthening the ‘four consciousnesses’ (四个意识), consolidating the ‘four confidences’ (四个自信), achieving the ‘two defends’ (两个维护). This reportedly helped establish its development ideology, where the people are put as the central focus. The article also emphasized being strict with party members at even the grassroots level, consolidating the Party’s power base, and implementing the “three nos” (“不敢腐、不能腐、不想腐,” “not daring to be corrupt, being unable to engage in corruption, and not wanting to be corrupt”) to ensure the development of a modern socialist country. Lastly, the Implementation Opinion reaffirmed the need to strengthen organizational leadership in all discipline inspection and supervisory commissions, integrating “attacking protective umbrellas and corruption networks” into the overall plan for building a clean and honest government and anti-corruption work, “ceaselessly innovating the ideas and methods for this work.”
International Liaison Work
6.15 International Department Head Song Tao (宋涛) participated in a virtual conference celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP organized by Sri Lankan political parties. Other Chinese participants included International Department Deputy Head Chen Zhou (陈洲) and Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong (戚振宏). Sri Lankan participants included leaders from 12 political parties and several cabinet ministers and Parliament members, such as Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (Sri Lanka People's Front) Leader and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chair and former President Maithripala Sirisena, United National Party Leader and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Communist Party of Sri Lanka General Secretary G. Weerasinghe, and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (People’s United Front) Leader and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena.
6.15 The CCP and nine major Tunisian political parties established an “exchange mechanism on jointly building the ‘Belt and Road’” and held its first meeting via videolink. Speakers included International Department Assistant Head Zhu Rui (朱锐), Chinese Ambassador to Tunisia Zhang Jianguo (张建国), and leaders from the Ennahda Movement (the Renaissance Party), the Heart of Tunisia, the Democratic Current, the People’s Movement, Tahya Tounes (Long Live Tunisia), Machrou Tounes (Tunisia Project), the Tunisian Revolution, Afek Tounes (Tunisian Aspirations), and the Democratic Patriots’ Unified Party.
6.16 At the invitation of the International Department and the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee, envoys from over 40 countries’ diplomatic missions in China traveled to Shanghai to visit the museum at the site of the CCP’s First Party Congress and participate in a roundtable discussion titled “The 100-Year Journey and Beyond: Historical Overview and Future Prospects.” Song Tao attended and addressed the event. Other Chinese participants included International Department Deputy Head Qian Hongshan (钱洪山) and Shanghai Municipal Party Committee Standing Committee member and Secretary-General Zhuge Yujie (诸葛宇杰). Envoys at the roundtable discussion included Argentine Ambassador to China Sabino Vaca Narvaja, Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira, Namibian Ambassador to China Elia George Kaiyamo, and Sudanese Ambassador to China Gafar Karar Ahmed K.
6.17 Zhu Rui attended and addressed the closing ceremony of a webinar for think tank and media figures from Gulf Arab states. Participants included more than 20 representatives from 10 think tanks and media outlets, such as the Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, the Al Arabiya channel, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, the Qatari Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, the Kuwait News Agency, and Bahrain TV.
6.17 Zhu Rui held a videoconference with the chief foreign policy advisor to the president of the Turkish Republican People's Party (CHP), Ahmet Ünal Çeviköz.
6.18 Qiu Qiwen (邱启文) was appointed vice minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
6.18 Zhao Chongjiu (赵冲久) was appointed vice minister of the Ministry of Transport.
6.18 Tan Zuojun (谭作钧) was appointed deputy head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.
6.18 Gong Weibin (龚维斌) was appointed provost of the Chinese Academy of Governance.