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The Hong Kong-based China Institute of City Competitiveness (CICC) published its annual rankings of Chinese city competitiveness on January 3, with Shanghai staying on top, followed by Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the capital Beijing.

China’s biggest online shopping platform Alibaba was once again listed as a “notorious market” by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) due to the many fakes sold through the site.

The Chinese government issued its first ever guideline on setting up a social credit management platform at the end of December 2016. The system is intended to rank individuals’ trustworthiness according to standards established by the government.

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China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier went to the Western Pacific to hold drills on December 25, 2016, causing concern worldwide.

On November 30, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) finally declared Nie Shubin innocent, ending a miscarriage of justice that has persisted for two decades – but too late for Nie himself. Then a 20-year-old worker in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, Nie was sentenced to death in March 1995 for supposedly raping and killing a female worker surnamed Kang in a corn field of a village in the outskirts. He was executed one month after his appeal was rejected by the higher-level court.

China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) made its first official appraisal of the new two-child policy on November 26, claiming it has conformed to the department’s preliminary anticipations.