1. Macro leverage ratio continues to creep down
2. Foreign investment is indispensable
3. The red phone rings
4. Building BRICS
5. Mekong mutuals
6. You get human rights! You get human rights! Everybody gets human rights!
On Thursday, the State Council Information Office (SCIO) – aka the government’s PR office – issued the Human Rights Action Plan (2021-2025).
Some context: The plan is the fourth to be issued since 2009.
Guidelines for formulating and implementing the plan include:
- Following the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought
- Believing that a happy life for the people is the most important human right
- Integrating the “general principles” of human rights with the real conditions in China
So, basically, your typical human rights with an asterisk stuff.
What’s not in this plan: Any mention of Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, etc.
What’s different from before: Compared to the previous edition (2016), the part on environmental rights has been beefed up, and even got its own subsection.
Quick take: Environmental concerns and their potentially adverse effects on the Chinese population – and subsequently the Party’s legitimacy – increasingly weigh on policymakers’ minds.
Get smart: Green worries aside, this is more of a press release than an actual policy document.
The bottom line: None of the three previous plans made any headway in softening foreign governments’ criticism of China’s human rights situation.
- And neither will this one.
7. Please moderate your actions