https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/yan-liankes-forbidden-satires-of-china MUST READ. A unique essay by the talented New Yorker writer Jiayang Fan, as she accompanies and interviews writer Yan Lianke in his home town of Luoyang, Henan Province.
https://tinyurl.com/y9n3oezx A short piece built around a recent S&P Global report (click on the hyperlink in this item) declaring that enormous Local Government Financing Vehicle debt looms over the Chinese economy, to its peril.
https://tinyurl.com/y8d5mkg7 This article indicates that very serious debates over economic policy, particularly over the apparent Xi Jinping preference for further strengthening of giant state-owned enterprises and for diminished policy support for the private sector economy, are underway. A useful reminder that linear projections of Chinese domestic policies are likely to be in error.
https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-10-09/editorial-why-chinas-private-sector-is-so-anxious-101332971.html A vigorous and significant article from Caixin, a publication that dependably supports the health of the private sector economy in China, regarding persistent private sector anxieties and what should be done to alleviate them.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/famous-rich-powerful-missing-1539343848 With some spectacular disappearances, or apologetic reappearances, in recent headlines, here is a video with a description of the expanded police powers embodied in the new National Supervisory Commission. 3-minute watching with concise voice-over by WSJ’s Josh China.
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/intellectuals-jailed-10102018172605.html Dismal news about the life sentences of leading Uighur education figures in Xinjiang.
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/postcard/million-citizens-occupy-uighur-homes-xinjiang Ironically, this long first-person account of the PRC’s effort at cultural engineering, aimed at assimilating Xinjiang Uighurs into the dominant Han culture of the Chinese nation by placing Han cadres in the homes of Uighur families both to educate the backward Uighurs and monitor their behavior for signs of Islamic allegiance, give credence to the larger fears of people elsewhere in the world about the implications of China’s growing power and influence. China would reply, of course, that Xinjiang is part of China, while other countries are not.
https://www.brunswickgroup.com/try-to-look-beyond-todays-quarrels-i8484/ Common sense from former USTR Robert Zoellick to the China Development Forum in Beijing last spring: gently offered advice to China. Few signs that those in command are listening, even if others, quietly in the ranks, very likely do.
https://www.merics.org/en/blog/italy-charts-risky-course-china-friendly-policy How dealing with today’s China can cause serious divergences of opinion and political animosity within a single nation and among nations that share other far-reaching commitments. This is about the current Italian government’s embrace of maximum cooperation with China on all fronts, and fears that a unified EU policy on China is drifting out of reach.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-edges-toward-new-cold-war-era-with-china-1539355839 Where we are. A portrait of a US Administration prepped for an all-fronts confrontation with China. Like many such articles, this one is largely a catalogue of items already reported, massaged into a single piece. But for that reason it is a useful summation of where the US administration is going on China.
http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/america-over-reacting-threat-of-chinese-influence Are Americans over- or under-reacting to reports of Chinese “influence operations” in the U.S. A Chinafile “conversation,” involving brief analysis comments by invited Chinafile writers.
https://amp.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2167785/how-us-china-disputes-trade-taiwan-and-south?__twitter_impression=true Something to ponder. Generational change and the loss of institutional memory in the ranks of those assuming responsibility for US government China policies today.
https://thediplomat.com/2018/10/trump-china-and-ah-q/ Veteran analyst Kerry Brown is onto something with this opinion piece about what he (and Your Editor) both see as a particular Chinese popular ambivalence about the United States (read the piece to see what that means) and the role of the confrontational Trump in scratching that chronic itch.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/10/supermicro-boards-were-so-bug-ridden-why-would-hackers-ever-need-implants/ Good technical analysis of the issues raised in two Bloomberg reports last week, indicating that Chinese entities had managed to corrupt hardware (servers) made by contract plants for a US company by installing a “back door” tiny chip on the motherboards of those servers. Technical article but readily readable by non-technical readers.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/14/china-confused-trump-trade-898741 China’s Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai goes on Fox TV. Main message: on trade issues, no one knows whom to talk to in the White House. Others have said the same.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/14/world/asia/donald-trump-foreign-aid-bill.html Perception of a threat from China finally brings Trump and Congressional ultra-conservatives to an understanding of the importance of U.S. development finance assistance, after two years of trying to kill it.