Strengthened National Security: The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, approved a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that will allow China to crack down on protests, secessionist movements, and other activities deemed to threaten national security.
Hardened Stance on US: China has hardened its stance on the US in recent years, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accusing Washington of “suppressing” China’s rise and “undermining” international law.
Increased Military Spending: China plans to increase its military spending by 6.6% this year, its highest rate of growth in three years.
Tighter Grip on Social Media: Chinese officials have also adopted a stricter approach to regulating the internet, with the introduction of a new social media law that imposes greater restrictions on user content.
Bolstered Relations with China’s Neighbors: China has sought to strengthen its relations with neighboring countries, signing a new trade agreement with South Korea and recently holding talks with Japan and South Korea on a trilateral free-trade agreement.