Commentary from the Web, Week 44, 2020

Two taxi rides in Xinjiang

By Keith Lamb, a University of Oxford graduate with an MSc degree in Contemporary Chinese Studies.

“I recently wrote about my first-hand experiences with the Uygur ethnicity in Eastern China and the different opinions they hold regarding the Chinese government. I found some felt they had been left behind developmentally, while some were taking full advantage of China's development and supporting the government.

“The second group never gets mentioned in the Western press. Reporting on them would break the narrative that China purposely represses "Uygurs for being Uygurs".”

Read the commentary here.


Barbadian urges citizens to take COVID-19 seriously after facing gruelling restrictions in China

“The Chinese government and people have received high praise from a Barbadian student who has endured months of gruelling restrictions in a city that for months was considered Ground Zero of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

See the article in the Barbados Today newspaper.


The People’s Bank of China looks to the future

“Despite tension between China and many G7 countries, on a central banking level, co-operation and exchanges remain vibrant. In its statement on the amendments, the PBoC openly cited the 2010 Dodd Frank Act in the US and the 2012 Financial Services Act in the UK as setting ‘the trend in international financial regulation’ and highlighted the role of the central bank in preserving financial stability.”

Commentary from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.


The march of Ant is a Chinese success story

The Financial Times Editorial Board offers its opinion on the Chinese technology services group that includes Alibaba.


China races ahead in electric vehicles

Local companies leverage the country’s scale advantages to make competitively priced cars

The Wuling Hong Guang Mini Electric Vehicle, which costs US$4,200, outsold the Tesla Model 3 to become the best-selling EV in China in August.

The Financial Times reports here.