New era, New challenges

2018-03-07 11:17 GMT+8

China's National People's Congress, the country’s national legislature, adopted Sunday an amendment to the country's Constitution. The amendment enables the Constitution to keep up with the times by including new achievements, experiences, and requirements of the Party and the country's development as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. What is the necessity and significance of this Constitutional amendment? How will it affect political stability? CGTN commentator Robert Lawrence Kuhn provides an insight.  

2018-03-15 10:12 GMT+8

China’s National People's Congress, the country’s highest legislative authority, adopted a landmark amendment to the country's Constitution on Sunday. It is well-recognized that the amendment is of historic significance as it is designed to ensure the lasting stability, and thereby the increasing prosperity, of both the Party and the country. However, some are concerned about the provision to remove term limits for the country’s president and vice president. Against the backdrop of China’s rapid development and complex challenges, what entails this move? CGTN commentator Robert Lawrence Kuhn shows us the whole picture of the constitutional amendment.

2018-03-14 14:24 GMT+8

As China’s political season draws on apace, arguably the most significant development to have emerged from this year’s Two Sessions was an amendment to the country’s constitution putting an end to two-term limits for the presidency and vice-presidency.

2018-03-13 17:54 GMT+8

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching - the Amendment to the State Constitution, a prime focus of attention at the 2018 National People’s Congress here in Beijing. 

2018-03-11 18:43 GMT+8

During the past almost 40 years, China has brought more than 800 million people out of poverty, a remarkable achievement. But by 2015, after it became clear that no matter how much China’s national economy would continue to increase there would still remain tens of millions of Chinese citizens living in extreme poverty, President Xi Jinping suggested the idea of eliminating extreme poverty by 2020 and using “Targeted Poverty Alleviation” to do so. What is “Targeted Poverty Alleviation” and how does it work? CGTN commentator Robert Lawrence Kuhn provides his insights.    

2018-03-09 17:05 GMT+8

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching: what China calls its constructive engagement in foreign affairs, a transformation of China’s foreign policy from largely being reactive, protecting China’s parochial interests, to confidently being proactive, interacting robustly on all matters of global importance such as in the areas of diplomacy, economics, ecology, culture, science and technology.

2018-03-08 23:05 GMT+8

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching - China’s National Supervision Commission (NSC), the just-established, high-level, anti-corruption and supervision organ of the State with broad jurisdictions and powers. 

2018-03-12 22:43 GMT+8

On March 5, 2018, at the opening meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress, China’s Premier Li Keqiang delivered the government work report. It covered the achievements over the past five years and the major targets for 2018. CGTN commentator Robert Lawrence Kuhn notes the comprehensiveness of the government work report and shares his insights.

2018-03-08 10:45 GMT+8

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, and is a year during which China intends to accelerate political and economic reforms. 

2018-03-07 20:49 GMT+8

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching – China’s financial risk. Is it systemic financial risk and what is the government doing about it? 

2018-03-06 15:52 GMT+8

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching: a backlash against China’s rise, primarily in the West. There are two kinds of expressions of this “backlash.” The first is exemplified by the US National Security Strategy, released recently by the Trump administration, in which China is said to be a “rival power” (with Russia). In essence, a “strategic competitor” and an “economic aggressor.” China is said to “challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.” Strong words.

2018-03-04 11:44 GMT+8

I’m Robert Lawrence Kuhn and here’s what I’m watching – China’s new Financial Stability and Development Committee, established by the State Council to contain financial risk, arguably China’s most worrisome systemic problem. We all remember the world financial crisis of 2008-2009, how the contagion of debt and risky assets catalyzed financial catastrophe, depressing economies, industries and markets.

2018-03-03 12:11 GMT+8