Global Impact newsletter: With China’s 20th party congress less than a month away, Russia and Taiwan remain hot topics
- Global Impact is a fortnightly curated newsletter featuring a news topic originating in China with a significant macro impact for our newsreaders around the world
- In this edition, we look at Beijing’s position on Russia and Taiwan after President Xi Jinping’s meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, and following Joe Biden’s remarks about the self-ruled island.
The 20th party congress is less than a month away. Apart from the opening date of October 16, little information about the conclave has been released.
A monthly Politburo meeting is expected this week. It will be followed by the seventh plenum of the 19th Central Committee on October 7 – just over a week before the start of the congress – during which members will review a draft report, amendments to the party constitution and a work report by the party’s top anti-corruption watchdog.
In the interim, China will also celebrate its National Day on Saturday, which kicks off a seven-day holiday on the mainland.
Beijing – which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that must be reunited, by force if necessary. Most countries, including the US, do not recognise Taiwan as an independent state. Washington, however, opposes any attempt to take the island by force.
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In an address to the nation, Putin also accused the West of ‘nuclear blackmail’ and promised to use ‘all means’ to protect territorial integrity
“If there is a threat to the territorial integrity of our country, and for protecting our people, we will certainly use all the means available to us – and I’m not bluffing,” Putin said in an address to the nation on Wednesday.
Global Impact is a fortnightly curated newsletter featuring a news topic originating in China with a significant macro impact for our newsreaders around the world.