Tracking People’s Daily — September 1, 2020

Page 1: A few stories to note on the front page. First, the Politburo met on Monday to review the “Outline of the Yellow River Basin Ecological Protection and High-Quality Development Plan” and the report on the fifth round of disciplinary inspections by the 19th CPC Central Committee. PD is carrying a Xinhua report (English version). It says: “Effective steps should be taken to promote the high-quality development of the Yellow River basin, build a modern industrial system with special advantages, optimize urban development structures, and promote rural vitalization.”

On inspections, it says: “leading Party members groups or Party committees of the central and state organs showed a more active attitude to implementing the decisions and arrangements made by the CPC Central Committee, and positive outcomes had been achieved in ensuring full and strict governance over the Party…In the meantime, the meeting urged concrete and effective moves to address prominent problems and intensify day-to-day supervision.” The Chinese language version of the Xinhua story has some more details, in that it places emphasis on the two upholds, political consciousness as part of actions of cadre and tackling formalism and bureaucracy, etc, as broader aspects of discipline.

Second, Xi spoke to Indonesia’s Joko Widodo. Xi promised that “China will continue to offer Indonesia firm support, provide it with as much material and technical assistance as China’s capacity allows, and share Chinese experience in COVID-19 control, diagnosis and treatment.” He added: “currently, China and Indonesia have been actively engaged in vaccine cooperation, which has become a new highlight in bilateral cooperation against the epidemic.” This is indeed a major deal that was signed recently. This bit is also interesting in that it appears that China might want to manufacture vaccines in Indonesia: “China supports companies of the two countries in carrying out cooperation on vaccine development, procurement and production, so as to help improve the availability and affordability of vaccines both in the two countries and around the globe.” The story also has specific mention about key BRI projects.

Third, Xi’s chat with Moroccan King Mohammed VI. Xinhua says that “the Chinese president said he has repeatedly made it clear that once a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and put into use in China, it will be made a global public good, and developing countries, especially African countries, will be among the first to benefit.”

Finally, Qiushi has just published an article by Xi on improving education in political philosophy. PD says that in the article, Xi says: “The role of the ideological and political course is irreplaceable, and the ideological and political course teachers have a great responsibility.” He adds: “To run ideological and political courses well is to carry out Marxist theory education, to use the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics to educate people, guide students to strengthen their confidence in the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, theoretical confidence, system confidence, and cultural confidence, and cultivate patriotism.”

And then: “It is very necessary to set up ideological and political courses in universities, middle schools and primary schools in a gradual and graded manner. This is an important guarantee for cultivating generations of socialist builders and successors.” And more: “The article emphasizes the need to strengthen the party’s leadership over the construction of ideological and political theory courses. Party committees at all levels must put the construction of ideological and political courses on the important agenda, and take effective measures in terms of work pattern, team building, support and guarantee.”

Page 2: First, there’s a report about cadre being pleased with Xi’s Tibet speech. Then there’s a commentary on the speech, too. On stabilising Tibet, the commentary says: “It is necessary to focus on the overall situation, seek long-term strategies, and resolutely carry out anti-separatism struggles, resolutely prevent and resolve major risks and challenges, and continue to consolidate the foundation of long-term stability in Tibet…It is necessary to strengthen the education and guidance of the masses, extensively mobilize the masses to participate in the struggle against separatism, and form a copper wall and iron wall for maintaining stability.”

And here’s more: “The foundation of strengthening ethnic unity lies in education about ethnic unity and progress, and building a common spiritual home for all ethnic groups. It is necessary to carry out in-depth education on the history of the Party, the history of New China, the history of reform and opening up, and the history of socialist development, and the history of the relationship between Tibet and the motherland, and guide the people of all ethnic groups to establish a correct view of the country, history, nationality, culture, and religion. We must attach importance to strengthening ideological and political education in schools, put the spirit of patriotism throughout the entire process of school education at all levels and types, and bury the seeds of loving China in the depths of the hearts of every teenager.

And finally this: “It is necessary to dig out, sort out, and publicize the historical facts of the exchanges and integration of all ethnic groups in Tibet since ancient times, guide the people of all ethnic groups to see the direction and future of the nation, deeply realize that the Chinese nation is a community of destiny.”

Page 3: First, the Sino-Indian border situation finds a reflection here (English report), with the comments of the Western Theater Command’s spokesperson being carried on the page. Next, a report about political parties, none really of any significance that I know of, supporting China in the “smears” launched against it. Second, a piece about China-Russia tech cooperation. The piece says that “the achievements of scientific and technological cooperation between China and Russia play an important role in the fields of aviation, aerospace, shipbuilding, marine, medical, chemical, and civil life. Chinese Internet companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Didi have actively expanded their business in Russia, which has greatly promoted the development of the local digital economy.”

The piece describes the Sino-Russian relationship as saying that this is “a pair of major powers with the highest level of mutual trust, the highest level of collaboration, and the highest strategic value.” It adds that “technological innovation is gradually becoming a new highlight in the quality and upgrading of Sino-Russian relations, continuously enriching the comprehensive strategic cooperation between China and Russia in the new era…Sino-Russian scientific and technological innovation cooperation (seeks) to jointly improve technological capabilities and international competitiveness, strengthen strategic cooperation in the joint construction of an innovation ecosystem, strengthen strategic cooperation in the adjustment of the global scientific and technological governance order and in the direction of world scientific and technological development, and speak out China and Russia’s own voices.”

Next, Yang Jiechi is set to travel to Myanmar, Spain, and Greece; Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe met with Vietnam’s ambassador to the country. Also, Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with (English version) the Czech ambassador to China Vladimir Tomsik to lodge stern representation and strong protest against Czech Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil’s visit to Taiwan. There was a warning in all of this:

“Qin stressed that there is only one China in the world, and the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents China, which is recognized by the international community. The one-China principle is the Czech’s foreign policy and the political basis for China-Czech ties, said Qin, noting that Vystrcil, as one of the country’s leaders, has openly breached the one-China principle which the Czech government has promised to uphold, severely infringing the basic code of international law and relations. China must take necessary actions to safeguard its interests.”

Page 6: A six-episode documentary War of the Epidemic jointly produced by the Propaganda Department and China Central Radio and Television will be broadcast on CCTV’s comprehensive channel in the near future. Also, the State Council is boosting COVID-19 testing capacity. It says that China “will further beef up its capacity of nucleic acid testing of novel coronavirus…a total of 100 public testing laboratories will be set up across the country, with each being able to handle 10,000 samples daily…the country will be divided into eight districts to plan for greater testing capacities, with each district being able to handle between 500,000 and 700,000 samples every day.”

Page 9: A piece on China’s foreign affairs and the community of common destiny. It offers some insights into the thinking behind these concepts and Chinese worldview, along with the standard propaganda points.

So it says: “Today, the interests of all countries in the world are deeply integrated and their destinies are shared. The democratization of international relations has become an irresistible trend of the times, and the old road of hegemonism and power politics is no longer feasible. The general trend of multi-polarization of the world and democratization of international relations may encounter some twists and turns, but it is ultimately unstoppable.”

There’s also a lot of talk about peaceful development and how this is in China’s genes. Goodness, me. And then this: “To persist in peaceful development, we must oppose hegemonism. The so-called hegemonism is the act of arbitrarily interfering in the internal affairs of other countries under various guises, bullying the small by the big and the weak by the strong. At present, the rise of hegemonism and power politics in individual countries is threatening world stability and security, and the international community must be highly vigilant. China firmly upholds the international order and international system with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at its core, firmly upholds world peace and stability and international fairness and justice, and has always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of international order.”

Here’s more: “China is a large developing country and the second largest economy in the world. It is getting closer to the center of the world stage, and it is reasonable to (expect it to) answer major questions concerning the future and destiny of mankind. Facing the issues of the new era, the Communist Party of China focuses on human development and the future of the world, and proposes a Chinese plan to promote the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind.”

The piece argues that the idea of community with a shared future for mankind is linked to the dynamics of peaceful development, changes in the balance of power in the world, great changes brought about by new technologies, and linked to resolving common problems.

And then it says this wonderful bit: “We must respect each other, treat each other as equals, seek common ground while reserving differences, avoid conflict or confrontation, promote cooperation through communication, and resolve differences through dialogue. The sky is big enough, the earth is big enough, and the world is big enough to allow all countries to develop and prosper together. We must combine our own interests with the interests of other countries, and strive to expand the convergence of interests of all parties.” If only Beijing practiced what it preached.

Page 17: Here’s what was covered on the international page.