Going for Growth 2021 – China
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted weaknesses in the health and social security systems and pushed many households and firms to the brink of bankruptcy. It further widened inequalities between: central provinces that have been hardest hit and the coast; poorer households that had already been indebted and wealthier households and the private sector, which has limited access to infrastructure contracts and is hard hit by slackened demand and the state-owned sector. Such divides will need to be addressed to make growth inclusive and sustainable.
US and partners stand against digital authoritarianism where some states act to repress freedom of expression, censor independent news sites, interfere with elections, promote disinformation, and deny their citizens other human rights.
Confucius Institutes — most of which were closed throughout the United States after being designated a foreign mission by the State Department — are rebranding and reopening.