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2021        Jan 1, In China a new civil code took effect requiring employers to prevent sexual harassment at work.
    (Econ., 12/19/20, p.76)
2021        Jan 1, The 47-member UN Human Rights Council now included China and Russia.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Human_Rights_Council)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.76)

2021        Jan 2, Mainland China reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 2, up from 22 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 1/2/21)

2021        Jan 3, Mainland China reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, up from 24 cases a day earlier. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China now stands at 87,150, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
    (Reuters, 1/3/21)

2021        Jan 4, Mainland China reported 33 new COVID-19 cases, with 14 of the 17 local cases recorded in Hebei and 16 cases imported from overseas.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 4, Advaccine Biopharmaceuticals Suzhou Co Ltd said it will manufacture and sell Pennsylvania-based Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc's COVID-19 vaccine candidate in China. Inovio's vaccine candidate, INO-4800, is being tested in two trials, a mid-stage study in China in partnership with Advaccine and a mid-to-late stage trial in the United States.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4, It was reported that cash-strapped Chinese startup Byton, Apple assembler Foxconn and the Nanjing Economic and Technological Development Zone have agreed to start building electric sport-utility vehicles in 2022.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)
2021        Jan 4,  The New York Stock Exchange withdrew plans late today to delist shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers. The shares were to be removed under an order from President Donald Trump, a move Beijing had warned might lead to retaliation.
    (AP, 1/4/21)

2021        Jan 5, China's official media said the fight to contain the coronavirus in northern Hebei province has entered "wartime mode." Hebei reported 19 local infections and 40 asymptomatic cases between Jan. 2 and Jan. 4.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, It was reported that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Chinese firm Stemirna Therapeutics has obtained approval to conduct human testing from China's medical products regulator. Tibet Rhodiola Pharma is jointly developing the candidate with Stemirna.
    (AP, 1/5/21)
2021        Jan 5, In China Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of one of the country's largest state-controlled asset management firms, was sentenced to death for soliciting $260 million in bribes, corruption, and also bigamy.
    (The Telegraph, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 6, The New York Stock Exchange said it is going ahead with plans to delist shares of three Chinese state-owned phone carriers under an executive order from President Donald Trump, reversing course just days after saying they wouldn't be delisted. Trading in China Telecom Corp. Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd., will be suspended on Jan. 11. The Chinese government has accused Washington of misusing national security as an excuse to hamper competition and has warned that Trumps order would hurt US and other investors worldwide.
    (AP, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 6, US startup Eat Just Inc said that Dicos, one of China's largest fast food chains, has added plant-based egg product supplied by the San Francisco firm to menus at more than 500 outlets across China.
    (Reuters, 1/6/21)

2021        Jan 7, A Chinese court jailed Hu Huaibang, a former party secretary and chairman of the China Development Bank, for life for earning up to 10 million in bribes, the second high-level graft conviction to hit the country's financial sector this week.
    (The Telegraph, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, China National Biotec Group (CNBG) said it has administered more than 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Jan. 4 via China's emergency use program.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)
2021        Jan 7, It was reported that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech was 78% effective in a late-stage Brazilian trial and entirely prevented severe cases, boosting Chinese efforts to catch up with Western vaccine makers.
    (Reuters, 1/7/21)

2021        Jan 8, China's National Health Commission reported 33 new COVID-19 cases for the mainland, down from 53 reported a day earlier. The authority said 14 of the 17 locally transmitted infections were in Hebei province.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)

2021        Jan 9, Chinese authorities halted public transport in a provincial capital near Beijing in an effort to stamp out a new cluster of coronavirus infections. Government authorities said China will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge once they become available to the general public.
    (AP, 1/9/21)(Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc launched its first sedan model ET7, eyeing a greater share of the world's largest car market. Nio's new battery technology will give the ET7 a drive range of over 1,000 km (621 miles) between charges.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the State Department is voiding longstanding restrictions on how US diplomats and others have contact with their counterparts in Taiwan. China's state media quickly lashed out at the move.
    (AP, 1/9/21)(AP, 1/10/21)

2021        Jan 10, In eastern China a mine explosion trapped 22 workers. Managers waited more than a day before reported that the explosion in violation of rules saying accidents must be reported within an hour. Days later their condition remained unknown.
    (SFC, 1/15/21, p.A4)

2021        Jan 11, China lashed out at the United States for lifting decades-long curbs on interactions between American and Taiwanese officials, a move which Taiwans foreign minister embraced as a sign of global partnership.
    (The Telegraph, 1/11/21)
2021        Jan 11, A Chinese official denied Beijing has imposed coercive birth control measures among Muslim minority women, following an outcry over a tweet by the Chinese Embassy in Washington claiming that government polices had freed women of the Uighur ethnic group from being baby-making machines.
    (AP, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 12, Local partners in Brazil said CoronaVac, a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac, showed "general efficacy" of 50.4% in a late-stage trial.
    (Reuters, 1/12/20)
2021        Jan 12, The UK's foreign secretary said British companies will face fines unless they meet new government requirements showing their supply chains are free from forced labor, as he announced measures aimed at tackling human rights abuses against the Uighur minority in Chinas Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 1/12/20)

2021        Jan 13, China's environment ministry said China will promote large-scale carbon capture projects and track methane emissions from coal and oil and gas extraction, as part of its contribution to global efforts to limit temperature rises. China has promised carbon neutrality by 2060.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)(Econ., 1/16/21, p.8)
2021        Jan 13, US government officials said the US is banning all imports of cotton and tomato products originating in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
    (South China Morning Post, 1/14/20)

2021        Jan 14, China's state media reported that President Xi Jinping has asked former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz to help promote trade between Washington and Beijing in a rare missive to a foreign business figure.
    (AFP, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, It was reported that more than 22 million people in China have been ordered to remain inside their homes due to coronavirus flareups in cities near Beijing and a county in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.
    (SFC, 1/14/21, p.A6)
2021        Jan 14, A team from the World Health Organization arrived in Wuhan to investigate the source of the virus. Chinese authorities barred two scientists because of positive antibody tests.
    (NY Times, 1/14/20)
2021        Jan 14, The Trump administration added China's CNOOC to a US economic blacklist, accusing the oil giant of helping Beijing intimidate neighbors in the South China Sea and ratcheting up tension days before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)

2021        Jan 15, China's state media reported that a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a Sinopharm subsidiary, is safe in those aged between three and 17, based on clinical data obtained by the company.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, Chinese lawyer Lu Siwei, who represented a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was stripped of his law license amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory.
    (AP, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, The Saudi government said Chinese technology firm Huawei plans to establish a flagship store in Riyadh, the largest such store outside China.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)
2021        Jan 15, US President Donald Trump directed government departments to look at ways to minimize procurement of Chinese goods and services to reduce the risks from espionage.
    (AP, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 16, China's National Health Commission (NHC) said recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the northeast have come from travelers entering the country or contaminated frozen food imports.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, The newspaper Estado de S. Paulo reported that Brazil's government will not seek to bar Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from 5G network auctions slated for June this year.
    (AP, 1/16/21)
2021        Jan 16, A plane carrying one million doses of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine arrived on in Serbia, making it the first European country to receive the Chinese vaccine for mass inoculation programs.
    (Reuters, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 17, Authorities in China reported 109 new COVID-19 cases, most of them in Hebei province surrounding Beijing. China has in the past week seen the number of daily cases jump to an over 10-month high.
    (Reuters, 1/17/21)
2021        Jan 17, In China 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in a gold mine sent a note saying they are alive, as hundreds of rescuers sought to bring them to safety.
    (AP, 1/18/21)

2021        Jan 18, China's Sinovac Biotech said that a clinical trial in Brazil showed its COVID-19 vaccine was almost 20 percentage points more effective in a small sub-group of patients who received their two doses longer apart.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)
2021        Jan 18, The United States called on China to allow an expert team from the World Health Organization (WHO) to interview "care givers, former patients and lab workers" in the central city of Wuhan, and ensure its access to medical data and samples.
    (Reuters, 1/18/21)

2021        Jan 19, It was reported that Beijing-based ByteDance has recently launched its own third-party payment service for Douyin, the Chinese version of its hit short video app TikTok, as it presses to expand into the e-commerce business in China.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, China's antitrust regulator approved Cisco Systems Inc's purchase of Acacia Communications Inc on condition that the companies ensure fair competition.
    (Reuters, 1/19/21)
2021        Jan 19, China reported 118 more coronavirus cases with 43 in Jilin province, 35 in Hebei province reported 35 and 27 in Heilongjiang province.
    (SFC, 1/20/21, p.A9)
2021        Jan 19, The US State Department declared that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity through its wide-scale repression of Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang, including in its use of internment camps and forced sterilization.
    (NY Times, 1/20/21)

2021        Jan 20, China said three drugmakers had submitted applications to supply their COVID-19 vaccines to global vaccine-sharing scheme COVAX in the country's first formal move to provide locally developed shots to the initiative. Sinovac Biotech, China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) and CanSino Biologics have applied to join the scheme.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)

2021        Jan 21, China fired a parting shot at the Trump administration by announcing unprecedented sanctions against outgoing Cabinet officials and advisers, including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, as it extended a rhetorical olive branch to newly installed President Biden.
    (Washington Post, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, China reported its first cluster of COVID-19 cases among workers in a meat processing plant in the northeastern city of Harbin, raising fears among local consumers who have until now mainly worried about the safety of imported foods.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that China has agreed to provide half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 free of cost to Pakistan by January 31.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)

2021        Jan 22, China premiered a patriotic documentary film to mark the one-year anniversary of Wuhan's coronavirus lockdown, part of a broader effort by authorities to cast the government's early response to COVID-19 in a positive light.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, China passed a Coast Guard law empowering its coast guard to take all necessary measures including the use of weapons, when its jurisdiction is infringed by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.
    (SFC, 1/28/21, p.A5)
2021        Jan 22, China's central bank said it will require non-bank payment institutions, with Ant Group's Alipay as the leading player, to set up bank accounts to deal with fund product transactions for customers. The new rules will take effect from March 1.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Beijing ordered more coronavirus tests for about 2 million people in its downtown area after new cases were reported in the Chinese capital. China's National Health Commission announced 103 new cases had been detected over the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 23, China reported 80 new COVID-19 cases, mostly in the northeast where some residents complained they were short of food amid an ongoing local lockdowns, down from 107 a day earlier. The financial hub of Shanghai imposed new restrictions, as the country marked the anniversary of the world's first coronavirus lockdown in Wuhan city, where the disease emerged in late 2019. 107 new COVID-19 cases had been identified in the mainland, up from 103 cases the day before.
    (Reuters, 1/23/21)(AP, 1/24/21)

2021        Jan 24, In China rescuers brought 11 workers trapped for two weeks to safety. Rescue operations continued for 10 other miners, whose fates are unknown, inside the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province.
    (BBC, 1/24/21)
2021        Jan 24, Indonesian authorities said that they have seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country's waters. 36 Iranian and 25 Chinese crew members were detained.
    (AP, 1/24/21)(AP, 1/27/21)

2021        Jan 25, Chinese rescuers found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine on January 10, raising the death toll to 10. One person remained missing.
    (AP, 1/25/21)
2021        Jan 25, The G20 World Economic Forum began a virtual gathering that in lieu of the annual in-person meetings in Davos, Switzerland, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. China's President Xi Jinping called for unity in fighting the coronavirus and climate change. He also called on Joe Biden to end America's trade war against Beijing.
    (AP, 1/25/21)

2021        Jan 26, China and New Zealand signed a deal upgrading a free trade pact to give exports from the Pacific nation greater access to the world's second-largest economy.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)
2021        Jan 26, The Global Times reported that China's COVID-19 vaccines based on the inactivated virus can be upgraded to cope with new variants in about two months, citing an expert with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
    (Reuters, 1/26/21)

2021        Jan 27, China said that the Indian government's decision to keep a ban on 59 Chinese apps was a violation of the World Trade Organization's fair rules of business and would hurt Chinese firms. The ban dates from last year when political tension between the neighbors rose over their disputed border.
    (Reuters, 1/27/21)

2021        Jan 28, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said it has raised $300 million for its autonomous driving unit, tapping investors to expand its technological know-how in the field for a second time since last year.
    (Reuters, 1/28/21)

2021        Jan 29, In China Lai Xiaomin (58), the former head of state-owned China Huarong Asset Management Co, was executed on charges of taking bribes in an unusually severe penalty for a recent corruption case.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, China said it will no longer recognize the British National Overseas passport  as a valid travel document of form of identification. This came hours after the UK said it would begin taking applications for what are called BNO visas beginning late Jan. 31. As many as 5.4 million Hong Kong residents could be eligible to live and work in the UK for five years and then apply for citizenship
    (SFC, 1/30/21, p.A2)
2021        Jan 29, Mainland China reported 52 new coronavirus cases, unchanged from a day earlier.
    (AP, 1/29/21)

2021        Jan 30, China National Nuclear Corp. said its first nuclear power unit that uses Hualong One, a third-generation nuclear reactor, has started commercial operations southeastern Fujian province. The reactor was designed to have a 60-year lifespan.
    (AP, 1/30/21)

2021        Feb 3, It was reported that Chinese police have arrested more than 80 suspected members of a criminal group that was manufacturing and selling fake COVID-19 vaccines.
    (SFC, 2/3/21, p.A4)

2021        Feb 4, New research published today found that a pro-China network of fake and imposter accounts found a global audience on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to mock the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the deadly riot in Washington that left five dead.
    (AP, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In his first foreign policy address, US President Joe Biden described China as the "most serious competitor" to the United States and vowed to confront Beijing on various fronts, including human rights, intellectual property and economic policy.
    (South China Morning Post, 2/5/21)

2021        Feb 5, China formally arrested Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian journalist for CGTN, the English-language channel of China Central Television, on suspicion of illegally supplying state secrets overseas.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 5, China's the space agency said its maiden space exploration mission to Mars has captured its first image of the red planet, some six months after the probe left Earth.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, It was reported that Chinese scientists have found a natural mutation in the African swine fever virus they say could be less deadly than the strain that ravaged the world's largest pig herd in 2018 and 2019.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)
2021        Feb 5, China gave broader approval for the domestic-made Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, expanding those who can receive it beyond the high-risk and priority groups already allowed under an emergency clearance. Sinovac Biotech said late-stage trial data of its COVID-19 vaccine from Brazil and Turkey showed it prevented hospitalization and death in COVID-19 patients, but had a much lower efficacy rate in blocking infections.
    (AP, 2/6/21)(Reuters, 2/5/21)   
2021        Feb 5, Mainland China reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, down from 20 cases a day earlier and the lowest daily increase since Dec. 17.
    (Reuters, 2/5/21)

2021        Feb 6, Sinovac Biotech said that its unit's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use by the general public by China's medical products regulator. A vaccine developed by a Beijing institute affiliated with state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) was approved in December.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)
2021        Feb 6, It was reported that private social audio app Clubhouse is attracting masses of new users from mainland China, where the US app remains uncensored by authorities despite flourishing discussions on rights, national identity and other sensitive topics.
    (Reuters, 2/6/21)

2021        Feb 8, It was reported that Chinese government officials have met representatives from US electric carmaker Tesla Inc over reports from consumers about battery fires, unexpected acceleration and failures in over-the-air software updates.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Chinese users lost access to Clubhouse, adding it to thousands of websites and social media apps the ruling party blocks the public from seeing using the world's most extensive system of internet filters.
    (AP, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Laos received 300,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)
2021        Feb 8, Pakistan's health minister said CanSino Biologics Inc's (CanSinoBIO) COVID-19 vaccine showed 65.7% efficacy in preventing symptomatic cases and a 90.98% success rate in stopping severe disease in an interim analysis of global trials.
    (Reuters, 2/8/21)

2021        Feb 9, Volkswagen said it is conducting a feasibility study in China about flying cars, joining a growing number of companies looking into the potential technology.
    (Reuters, 2/9/21)
2021        Feb 9, A World Health Organization expert said the coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and most probably jumped to humans via an intermediary species.
    (AP, 2/9/21)

2021        Feb 10, China's space agency said an uncrewed Chinese spacecraft has successfully entered orbit around Mars after a 6-1/2-month journey from Earth, in the country's first independent mission to the red planet. In May or June, the Tianwen-1 will attempt to land a capsule carrying a 240-kg rover in a rapid seven-minute descent onto a massive plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars known as Utopia Planitia.
    (Reuters, 2/10/21)
2021        Feb 10, China and India began to disengage their troops at the southern and northern banks of Pangong Lake in the Ladakh region.
    (SFC, 2/12/21, p.A4)
2021        Feb 10, Equatorial Guinea received 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses developed by China's Sinopharm, the latest in a series of donations to countries on the continent struggling to procure shots.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)

2021        Feb 11, Amazon.com Inc and Italian fashion group Salvatore Ferragamo jointly sued several individuals and entities, mainly based in China, for allegedly selling counterfeit Ferragamo belts on its online retail store.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)
2021        Feb 11, Bolivia said it had inked an agreement with Chinas Sinopharm locking in an initial supply of half a million doses of the companys vaccine against coronavirus by the end of February. The country has reported 232,500 cases of the virus and 11,000 deaths to date.
    (Reuters, 2/11/21)

2021        Feb 12, China reported 8 new coronavirus cases in the mainland, compared to 12 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 2/12/21)

2021        Feb 13, It was reported that China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, potentially complicating efforts to understand how the outbreak began.
    (Reuters, 2/13/21)

2021        Feb 18, It was reported that Italian middlemen allegedly pocketed 70 million (60 million) in illicit commissions from Chinese companies in return for helping to negotiate contracts for Italy to buy 1.25 billion worth of face masks.
    (The Telegraph, 2/18/21)

2021        Feb 19, Brazil's health ministry said it intends to buy 30 million doses of China's Sinovac vaccine to be produced locally by the Butantan public health institute and delivered between October and December. The ministry said it has already ordered 100 million of the vaccine together with Butantan to be delivered by September.
    (Reuters, 2/19/21)

2021        Feb 22, China rejected" slanderous attacks" about conditions for Muslim Uighurs and other minorities living in its Xinjiang region, insisting that they enjoyed freedom of religion and labor rights.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Britain's foreign secretary Dominic Raab denounced torture, forced labor and sterilizations that he said were taking place against Muslim Uighurs on an "industrial scale" in China's Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)
2021        Feb 22, Israeli researchers said Chinese spies used code first developed by the US National Security Agency to support their hacking operations.
    (Reuters, 2/22/21)

2021        Feb 24, China hit back at growing criticism by Western powers of its treatment of ethnic minorities in the regions of Xinjiang and Tibet and of citizens in the former British colony of Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, It was reported that a divorce court in China has ordered a man to pay his wife 5,500 as compensation for the housework she did during their five-year marriage, in what is believed to be a landmark legal first.
    (The Telegraph, 2/24/21)
2021        Feb 24, Zimbabwe said it will buy an additional 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from China at a preferential price, after Beijing agreed to give more free doses to the southern African country.
    (Reuters, 2/24/21)

2021        Feb 25, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared his country had achieved the "human miracle" of eliminating extreme poverty, though questions continue to surround the Communist Partys criteria for making the claim.
    (The Telegraph, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, It was reported that China has approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use, adding to its growing arsenal of shots. A vaccine from CanSino Biologics and one from state-owned Sinopharm were already being used among select groups of people under an emergency use authorization.
    (AP, 2/25/21)

2021        Feb 26, China's top court awarded a record 159 million yuan (US$24.6 million) compensation payout to a chemical producer in a trade secrets case, a ruling that comes after Beijing has repeatedly vowed to improve protection of intellectual property rights in the country.
    (South China Morning Post, 3/3/21)
2021        Feb 26, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet cited the need for an independent and comprehensive assessment of the rights situation in Chinas Xinjiang region, while emphasizing that activists, lawyers and rights defenders face unfair charges, detention and trials in China.
    (AP, 2/26/21)

2021        Mar 1, China said it plans to inoculate 40% of its population by June. China has been slow to vaccinate its people relative to other countries.
    (AP, 3/1/21)
2021        Mar 1, Cyber intelligence firm Cyfirma said Chinese state-backed hacking group has in recent weeks targeted the IT systems of two Indian vaccine makers whose coronavirus shots are being used in the country's immunization campaign.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)

2021        Mar 3, It was reported that China's vaccine diplomacy has pledged roughly half a billion doses of its vaccines to more than 45 countries. Four of China's vaccine makers claimed they are able to produce at least 2.6 billion doses this year.
    (SFC, 3/3/21, p.A4)
2021        Mar 3, Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said it has extended a deal to sell chip manufacturing equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, China's largest chipmaker, until the end of this year.
    (Reuters, 3/3/21)

2021        Mar 3, Interpol said police in China and South Africa have seized thousands of doses of counterfeit Covid-19 vaccine and made dozens of arrests. The discovery in South Africa was reported by the country's Sunday Times newspaper at the end of December.
    (AP, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 5, China's highly anticipated 5-year plan was revealed. It provided little new information about its climate initiatives, leaving plenty to discuss in multinational meetings this year and lots of blanks for China to fill in later.
    (Axios, 3/5/21)
2021        Mar 5, It was reported that the allegedly Chinese group that Microsoft dubs "Hafnium" has been breaking into email servers since January, remotely and silently draining inboxes of their messages without having to send a single malicious email or rogue attachment.
    (Reuters, 3/5/21)

2021        Mar 6, China said it has confirmed outbreaks of African swine fever in its key pork producing provinces of Sichuan and Hubei.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)
2021        Mar 6, Pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker Martin Liao said China's proposal for Hong Kong electoral reforms could prevent a "dictatorship of the majority." The Chinese parliament is discussing plans to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system to ensure Beijing loyalists are in charge.
    (Reuters, 3/6/21)

2021        Mar 9, China and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding to set up an international lunar research station.
    (AP, 3/9/21)
2021        Mar 9, A landmark report was released by the Washington-DC based Newlines Institute for Strategy condemning Beijing for its treatment of the estimated 12 million Uighurs in Xinjiang province.
    (The Telegraph, 3/9/21)

2021        Mar 10, It was reported that Norway's $1.3 trillion wealth fund will probe whether companies it is invested in may be using the labor of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims linked to China's internment camp system in the country's Xinjiang region.
    (Reuters, 3/10/21)

2021        Mar 11, China's ceremonial legislature endorsed the ruling Communist Party's move to tighten control over hk by reducing the role of its public in picking the territory's leaders.
    (SFC, 3/12/21, p.A2)

2021        Mar 12, Chinas market regulator said that it fined a dozen companies, including games company Tencent Holdings and Chinese search engine firm Baidu Inc., for not disclosing past deals as authorities step up anti-monopoly scrutiny in the internet sector.
    (AP, 3/12/21)
2021        Mar 12, In China The Polar Bear Hotel, part of the Harbin Polarland theme park in Heilongjiang's capital and largest city, Harbin, opened its doors with the promise of round-the-clock polar bear viewing from all 21 guest rooms.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 12, The US condemned China's treatment of Uighurs and other minorities at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, citing "crimes against humanity and genocide" in the province of Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 3/12/21)

2021        Mar 13, Britain's foreign secretary Dominic Raab criticized China for continuing to violate the Sino-British Joint Declaration as Beijing further tightens control over Hong Kong.
    (AP, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, The British government admitted for the first time that Uighurs are being targeted by China on British soil "in an effort to intimidate them into silence".
    (The Telegraph, 3/13/21)
2021        Mar 13, Mexico's foreign ministry said a shipment has been received of a million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
    (Reuters, 3/13/21)

2021        Mar 15, China said it will simplify visa applications for foreign nationals who have been inoculated with Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines, its latest small step towards normalizing international travel.
    (Reuters, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, China reported a new COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The vaccine, jointly developed by Anhui Jifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical Co. and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is the fifth coronavirus vaccine developed and approved in China and the 4th to be given emergency use approval.
    (SFC, 3/17/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 15, The largest sandstorm in a decade swept across northern China and Mongolia, grounding flights and closing schools. At least 10 people were killed and nearly 400 left missing.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)(SSFC, 3/21/21, p.B8)
2021        Mar 15, Attacks on Chinese-run factories in Myanmar's biggest city drew demands from Beijing for protection for their property and employees.
    (AP, 3/15/21)
2021        Mar 15, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah in a public letter urged American spectators, companies and diplomats to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, to punish China for its human rights abuses. He favored that approach over an athlete boycott.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)

2021        Mar 16, It was reported that Chinese app stores have removed Alibaba Group's UC Browser for mobiles, after it was criticized on Chinese state television's annual consumer rights show for including medical ads by unqualified companies.
    (Reuters, 3/16/21)

2021        Mar 17, The US State Dept. announced sanctions on 24 Chinese officials for undermining Hong Kong's democratic freedoms.
    (SFC, 3/18/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 18, Finlands domestic security agency said that the cybergroup APT31, which is generally linked to the Chinese government, was likely behind a cyberspying attack on the information systems of the Nordic countrys parliament.
    (AP, 3/18/21)

2021        Mar 19, It was reported that the Chinese military has banned Tesla cars from entering its housing complexes, citing security concerns over the cameras installed on the vehicles.
    (AP, 3/19/21)

2021        Mar 20, China said it had agreed with the US to take up climate change and a handful of other issues, a sign of small but possible progress at recently concluded talks that were otherwise marked by acrimonious public exchanges over the divisions between the world's two largest economies.
    (AP, 3/20/21)

2021        Mar 21, The Philippine defense chief demanded that more than 200 Chinese vessels leave a South China Sea reef claimed by Manila, saying their presence was a provocative action of militarizing the area. He said they were manned by militias. About 220 Chinese vessels were seen moored at Whitsun Reef, which Beijing also claims, on March 7.
    (AP, 3/21/21)

2021        Mar 22, In China a man (59) detonated explosives in the outskirts of southern Guangzhou city, killing himself and four others.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, China's JD.Com said it would invest $800 million in on-demand delivery platform Dada Group, following which the e-commerce firm will own about 51% of Dada.
    (Reuters, 3/22/21)
2021        Mar 22, The European Council confirmed that EU officials have approved sanctions against four Chinese officials and one Chinese entity for the "large-scale arbitrary detentions" of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
    (AP, 3/22/21)

2021        Mar 23, China and Russia lashed out at the destructive behavior of the United States and called for a UN Security Council summit to establish stability between global superpowers. Their statement also urged other countries to refrain from politicizing human rights issues in a clear reference to the deplorable human rights record of both Moscow and Beijing.
    (The Telegraph, 3/23/21)
2021        Mar 23, A subsidiary of Livzon Pharmaceutical Group Inc said China's medical products regulator has approved clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate it has developed.
    (Reuters, 3/23/21)

2021        Mar 25, It was reported that China is orchestrating a boycott of H&M over the Swedish fashion giants decision to stop sourcing cotton from Xinjiang because of forced labor concerns.
    (The Telegraph, 3/25/21)
2021        Mar 25, In Turkey hundreds of Uyghurs staged protests in Ankara and Istanbul, denouncing Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yis visit to Turkey and demanding that the Turkish government take a stronger stance against human rights abuses in Chinas far-western Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 3/25/21)

2021        Mar 26, The China branch of the cotton trade body Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) said it had not found signs of forced labor related to cotton production in Xinjiang.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone, in the largest incursion yet reported by the island's defence ministry and marking a dramatic escalation of tension across the Taiwan Strait.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, A Sinopharm affiliate said two COVID-19 vaccines developed by subsidiaries of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) have hit a combined 100 million doses of supply around the world.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 26, Tencent-backed Waterdrop said it would shut down its online healthcare mutual aid program at the end of March amid China's tightening of financial technology regulations.
    (Reuters, 3/26/21)

2021        Mar 27, China and Iran signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling US sanctions on Iran.
    (AP, 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 28, It was reported that a digital illustration by a prominent Chinese propaganda artist mocking Western governments, media and businesses critical of labor conditions in Xinjiang has gone viral on China's social media. The digital art by Wuheqilin, named after a one-horned Chinese mythical beast, shows two figures with white pointed hoods interviewing a scarecrow in a field of cotton and Black slaves.
    (AP, 3/28/21)
2021        Mar 28, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations is holding "serious negotiations" with China for unfettered access to the Xinjiang region to verify reports that Muslim Uighurs are being persecuted.
    (Reuters, 3/28/21)

2021        Mar 29, A joint WHO-China study concluded that it is "extremely unlikely" that the coronavirus pandemic started with a leak from a Chinese lab and that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely scenario.
    (AP, 3/29/21)
2021        Mar 29, A United Nations working group said scores of Chinese and foreign companies producing "well-known global brands" may be involved in human trafficking, forced labor and other human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang region.
    (South China Morning Post, 3/30/21)

2021        Mar 30, China announced the reduction of the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong's legislature following a 2-day meeting of its top legislature. Hong Kong's legislature will be expanded to 90 seats with only 20 elected by the public.
    (SFC, 3/31/21, p.A2)
2021        Mar 30, Britain accused China of breaching the joint declaration guaranteeing Hong Kongs freedoms after Beijing passed a law that would bar candidates from elections on the grounds of insufficient patriotism.
    (The Telegraph, 3/30/21)

2021        Mar, China said that it would gradually delay the legal retirement age over the next five years, in an attempt to address one of the countrys most pressing issues. Its rapidly aging population means a shrinking labor force.
    (NY Times, 4/27/21)

2021        Apr 1, It was reported that a wave of African swine fever outbreaks this year has wiped out at least 20% of the breeding herd in northern China.
    (Reuters, 4/1/21)

2021        Apr 2, Mainland China reported 26 new COVID-19 cases, up from nine a day earlier. Officials in the country's southwest linked a local outbreak to Myanmar. The border city of Ruili began a 5-day drive to vaccinate its entire population of 300,000 people. 16 cases have been confirmed there since March 30.
    (Reuters, 4/3/21)(SFC, 4/3/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 3, Mainland China reported 21 new COVID-19 cases, down from 26 cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/3/21)

2021        Apr 10, China's antitrust regulator doled out a record 18.2 billion yuan fine, about 12% of the company's fiscal 2020 net income, to e-commerce giant Alibaba.
    (Bloomberg, 4/10/21)
2021        Apr 10, China's corruption watchdog called on online video-sharing platforms to take action against "mukbang" shows, in which people livestream themselves eating - or drinking - excessively, saying such content encourages food waste. Mukbang videos originated in South Korea and have become increasingly popular in China.
    (Reuters, 4/10/21)
2021        Apr 10, Gao Fu, the director of the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said China's COVID-19 vaccines do not have very high protection rates.
    (AP, 4/11/21)

2021        Apr 11, Chinese health authorities reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22 asymptomatic cases, bringing the country's total to 90,410, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,636. The National Health Commission said China has administered 164.47 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
    (Reuters, 4/11/21)

2021        Apr 12, Chinese regulators ordered Ant Group, a financial affiliate of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, to become a financial holding company to ease financial oversight amid stepped up scrutiny of technology firms.
    (AP, 4/12/21)
2021        Apr 12, China's agriculture ministry said that the highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu had been found in wild birds in the northeastern province of Liaoning, marking the first confirmed cases of the strain in the country this year.
    (Reuters, 4/12/21)

2021        Apr 13, It was reported that the US intelligence community has put China at the top of its annual report of national security threats, warning of Beijing's struggle to realize "an epochal geopolitical shift", including increased air and naval operations in Asia intended to assert its control in contested areas.
    (South China Morning Post, 4/14/21)

2021        Apr 14, It was reported that several Chinese feminist channels on Douban, a popular social networking forum in China, were abruptly shut this week, triggering online anger and prompting calls for women to "stick together".
    (Reuters, 4/14/21)

2021        Apr 15, In China the third dust storm in about five weeks shrouded Beijing in a yellow haze and caused air quality to deteriorate once again. The dust storm that occurred in the middle of March was the deadliest of the three so far this year. At least 10 deaths occurred in Mongolia and hundreds of people became disoriented trying to locate cattle that had gone missing.
    (AccuWeather, 4/17/21)
2021        Apr 15, Chinese automaker Geely, owner of Volvo Cars, launched a high-end electric vehicle (EV) brand named Zeekr, targeting China's growing appetite for premium EVs that has boosted sales for Tesla and Chinese peer Nio.
    (Reuters, 4/15/21)
2021        Apr 15, Romania's centrist government approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network.
    (Reuters, 4/15/21)

2021        Apr 16, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for closer cooperation on combating global change as he held a video meeting with the leaders of Germany and France.
    (AP, 4/16/21)

2021        Apr 19, Human Rights Watch said China is arbitrarily detaining up to 1 million people in China's Xinjiang state. HRW detailed a policy of mass incarceration, torture, disappearances, and cultural erasure in Xinjiang.
    (Business Insider, 4/19/21)
2021        Apr 19, The US House passed a resolution to condemn China's government and Hong Kong's regional legislature for "the continued violation of rights and freedoms" in a near-unanimous vote.
    (Axios, 4/19/21)
2021        Apr 19, In Ohio Yu Zhou (51), a former researcher at a childrens hospital, was sentenced to 33 months in prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets and sell them in China. His wife Li Chen (48) received a 30-month prison sentence in February. The pair had conducted research in separate laboratories at Nationwide Childrens Hospitals Research Institute in Columbus, each for ten years.
    (AP, 4/20/21)

2021        Apr 20, Chinas government rejected accusations of abuses in the Xinjiang region after a human rights group appealed for a UN investigation into possible crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 4/20/21)
2021        Apr 20, Utah-based IT company Ivanti said in a statement that the hackers in China took advantage of the flaw in its Pulse Connect Secure suite of virtual private networking devices to break into the systems of "a very limited number of customers." A fix for the issue would not be available until early May.
    (Reuters, 4/20/21)
2021        Apr 20, Tesla apologized to Chinese consumers for not addressing a complaint in a timely way, and said it would launch a review of its service operations in the world's biggest auto market. A day earlier a disgruntled customer had clambered on top of a Tesla at the auto show in protest over the company's handling of her complaints about malfunctioning brakes.
    (Reuters, 4/21/21)

2021        Apr 21, It was reported that researchers in China are testing the safety and efficacy of mixing two different Covid-19 shots amid questions over the effectiveness of Chinese-made coronavirus vaccines.
    (NY Times, 4/21/21)
2021        Apr 21, Australia cancelled two deals struck by its state of Victoria with China on Beijing's flagship Belt and Road Initiative, prompting the Chinese embassy in Canberra to warn that already tense bilateral ties were bound to worsen.
    (Reuters, 4/21/21)

2021        Apr 22, British lawmakers approved a parliamentary motion declaring that China's policies against its Uyghur minority population in the far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity.
    (AP, 4/22/21)

2021        Apr 23, A spokesperson for the Xinjiang region called accusations of genocide counter to the facts as China came under more pressure this week over its treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group in the remote border area.
    (AP, 4/23/21)

2021        Apr 24, China announced that its first Mars rover will be named Zhurong after a traditional fire god. The rover is aboard the Tianwen-1 probe that arrived in Mars orbit on Feb. 24 and is due to land in May to look for evidence of life.
    (AP, 4/24/21)
2021        Apr 24, China reported 13 new COVID-19 cases, up from nine cases a day earlier. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 14 from 12 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/25/21)

2021        Apr 26, It was reported that US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc plans to add facilities at its Shanghai factory to repair and reproduce key components such as electric motors and battery cells.
    (Reuters, 4/26/21)

2021        Apr 27, China, the world's biggest coal user, said the fossil fuel will play a less dominant role in its energy mix and that, despite plans to build new coal-fired power plants, the country won't use it on a wide scale.
    (AP, 4/27/21)

2021        Apr 29, Chinese financial watchdogs summoned 13 internet platforms engaged in finance business, including heavyweights Tencent and ByteDance, to order them to strengthen compliance with regulations.
    (Reuters, 4/29/21)
2021        Apr 29, China launched the main module of its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long term. The Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony," module blasted into space atop a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center on the southern island province of Hainan. The first stage of the rocket went into orbit and was expected to fall back to Earth on May 8 at an unknow location.
    (AP, 4/29/21)(USA Today, 5/6/21)

2021        Apr 30, Chinese leader Xi Jinping offered additional assistance to India in battling the coronavirus outbreak ravaging the country, putting aside a simmering rivalry and tensions along their disputed border.
    (AP, 4/30/21)

2021        May 1, China began a five-day holiday for international labor day. Workers and union leaders around the world dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for boisterous May Day marches.
    (AP, 5/1/21)
2021        May 1, China's main internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), said it has found that 33 mobile phone apps have broken data privacy rules by collecting data without consent, among other issues.
    (Reuters, 5/3/21)

2021        May 4, India said it will allow foreign mobile carriers to carry out 5G trials with equipment makers, but did not name China's Huawei among the participants.
    (Reuters, 5/5/21)

2021        May 5, China said it was concerned that India had not allowed Chinese companies to conduct 5G trials in the country.
    (AP, 5/5/21)

2021        May 7, The World Health Organization gave emergency use authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China's Sinopharm, potentially paving the way for millions of the doses to reach needy countries through a UN-backed program rolling out coronavirus vaccines.
    (AP, 5/7/21)

2021        May 9, China's Long March 5B rocket crashed back to Earth this morning, landing in the Indian Ocean just west of the Maldives.
    (The Week, 5/9/21)

2021        May 10, It was reported that across much of China authorities were encouraging women to have more children, but that in the far western region of Xinjiang women were being forced to have fewer children, as they tightened their grip on Muslim ethnic minorities.
     (NY Times, 5/10/21) 
2021        May 10, Self-driving tech company Pony.ai, backed by Toyota Motor Corp, said its next-generation technology for robotaxis will be using lidars made by Luminar Technologies, Inc. Pony.ai is an autonomous vehicle technology company co-located in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Guangzhou.
    (AP, 5/10/21)

2021        May 11, A new analysis by an Australian think tank said Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history.
    (AP, 5/11/21)

2021        May 12, Human rights groups and Western nations met and demanded unfettered access for UN human rights experts to China's Xinjiang region. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned China for crimes against humanity and genocide against Muslim Uyghurs during the release of an annual report on international religious freedom.
    (AP, 5/13/21)
2021        May 12, The US reversed a ban on US investments in Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. that was imposed under former President Donald Trump. A US court filing said that the US Department of Defense will remove Xiaomi from the blacklist after the two parties reached an agreement.
    (AP, 5/13/21)

2021        May 13, Muslim leaders from China's Xinjiang region rejected Western allegations that China is suppressing religious freedom, speaking at a reception for foreign diplomats and media at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 5/13/21)

2021        May 14, In central and eastern China back-to-back tornadoes killed 12 people and left more than 300 others injured.
    (AP, 5/15/21)
2021        May 14, Mainland China reported 14 new COVID-19 cases, up from seven cases a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 5/14/21)

2021        May 15, The China National Space Administration successfully landed its Zhurong rover on Mars.
    (South China Morning Post, 5/15/21)

2021        May 17, China renewed calls for the US to play a constructive role in ending the conflict in Gaza and stop blocking efforts at the UN to demand an end to the bloodshed.
    (AP, 5/17/21)

2021        May 19, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin joined in a videoconference to initiate a series of nuclear energy projects, an event intended to display warming ties between two nations that have paired-up as the chief geopolitical rivals to the US.
    (AP, 5/19/21)

2021        May 20, China said it is providing COVID-19 vaccines to nearly 40 African countries.
    (SFC, 5/21/21, p.A6)
2021        May 20, The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to freeze efforts to ratify a landmark investment deal with China until Beijing lifts sanctions imposed in retaliation for the EU's condemnation of China's human rights abuses.
    (Axios, 5/20/21)

2021        May 21, China's President Xi Jinping pledged an additional $3 billion in aid over the next three years to help developing countries recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and proposed setting up an international forum on vaccine cooperation.
    (Reuters, 5/21/21)
2021        May 21, China-based biotech firm Beigene Ltd, said its cancer therapy, tislelizumab, in combination with chemotherapy met the main goal of helping patients live longer by preventing the disease from progressing in a late-stage study.
    (Reuters, 5/21/21)
2021        May 21, A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China near the border with Myanmar, killing at least three people and injuring more than two dozen.
    (AP, 5/21/21)

2021        May 22, Beijing's space administration said China's remote-controlled Zhurong rover drove down the ramp of its landing capsule and onto the Martian surface.
    (AP, 5/22/21)
2021        May 22, In central China a magnitude 7.3 earthquake collapsed a bridge and caused other damage early today in Qinghai province.
    (AP, 5/22/21)
2021        May 22, Yuan Longping (91), a Chinese scientist who developed higher-yield rice varieties that helped feed people around the world, died at a hospital in the southern city of Changsha.
    (AP, 5/22/21)

2021        Yang Jisheng authored "The World Turned Upside Down," a chronicle of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolutuon (1966-1976), was published in English.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y24lmrdf)(Econ., 9/19/20, p.43)

2030        The population of China was expected to reach 1.6 billion.
    (SFC, 10/23/98, p.D5)

2040        In 2006 it was projected that the total number of cars in India and China could rise from some 30 million to 750 million.
    (Econ, 9/16/06, Survey p.20)

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