The top ten news stories of 2021, according to Chinese state media

Politics & Current Affairs

Chinese state media has published various year-end lists this week. Here are some of them, covering everything from satellite photography to — of course — Xi Jinping's favorite slogans.

Photo credit: People’s Liberation Army Navy battleships Long March 18, Dalian, and Hainan at a port at Sanya, Hainan.Image from Xinhua’s gallery of top satellite photos of 2021.

Various Chinese state media organizations have published their year-end lists of important stories and explainers.

Above is an image from Xinhua’s selection of satellite photographs, below are two of the state news agency’s lists of top news stories … along with one related piece (or two) from The China Project about that item.

10 big domestic news items

(Original here, in Chinese)

1. 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China

From Sneevliet to Xi: How Chinese communism has endured and evolved over 100 years

Dispatch from Shanghai: The Chinese Communist Party at 100

2. The Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

A historic plenum — and what it means for U.S.-China relations

3. COVID-19 epidemic prevention and economic development

China crushes Delta spike after weeks of strict measures

4. Developing “whole process” people’s democracy

5. Peak carbon and carbon neutral targets released

How China will achieve carbon neutrality: The role of the emissions trading scheme and other reforms

6. Annual grain output sets a new historical record

Yuán Lóngpíng 袁隆平, the Father of Hybrid Rice 

7. Seventh National Census data released: China is still the world’s most populous country

China’s birth rate drops to levels not seen since 1978. Experts say the worst is yet to come.

8. China enters “Space Station Era”

Three Chinese astronauts dock at China’s new space station for three-month stay

9. Hong Kong LegCo election

Hong Kong and Taiwan both vote, in very different ways, with very different results

10. Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Mèng Wǎnzhōu 孟晚舟 returns home

China gives hero’s welcome to Meng Wanzhou, freed in apparent prisoner swap with Canadian hostages

10 big international news items

(Original here, in Chinese)

1. China promotes and practices true multilateralism

2. COVID-19 spreads, and the unfair distribution of vaccines and the “politicization of virus traceability” threaten the global anti-epidemic efforts

3. China and Russia announce the extension of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation

4. U.S. troops hurriedly evacuate from Afghanistan

5. Inflation rates continue to rise in major U.S. and European economies

6. Russia draws a “red line” to Western countries about Ukraine and NATO

7. American democracy in danger after Capitol riots

8. AUKUS “severely impacts the global nuclear non-proliferation system… and Japan’s decision to discharge nuclear contaminated water into the sea triggers global opposition”

9. United Nations COP15 and COP26 conferences are held; strengthening biodiversity protection and working together to address climate change gradually becomes a global consensus

10. The 76th UN General Assembly supports the Beijing Winter Olympics