October 27 – November 8
https://www.newamerica.org/cybersecurity-initiative/digichina/blog/xi-jinping-calls-for-healthy-development-of-ai-translation/ Very useful direct translation of report on Politburo session dealing with Artificial Intelligence.
https://cscc.sas.upenn.edu/podcasts/2018/11/05/ep-8-civil-society-and-civic-engagement-china-bin-xu?fbclid=IwAR0TNeBbUzscnchU923JiqBpe3GG7A6R4q-J-u7xmY490_VE_Nui6oQqSfc Fascinating podcast on civil society developments in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan.
https://www.csis.org/events/self-censorship-among-china-hands-myth-reality Another important podcast from CSIS: “Self-censorship Among China Hands: Myth and Reality.” A matter of extreme sensitivity now, amid allegations that American “China experts” are guilty of self-censorship, or craven submissiveness to PRC political pressures, or worse.
https://asiasociety.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/ASNC_Rhodium_SOEReport.pdf?mc_cid=74d01ec4c3&mc_eid=0896250ba8 New report from Rhodium Group on Governance in China’s state sector.
https://tinyurl.com/yde5x8tm Wrinkles emerge in Foxconn’s $10b investment project in the state of Wisconsin, part of Trump Administration effort to bring IT jobs back to the US (from China). New Wis. Governor critical of predecessor’s deal; shortage of U.S. trained personnel.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-War/China-touts-buying-power-but-offers-little-new-at-import-expo One cool-eyed report (from a Japanese media source) on the big Import Expo in Shanghai, which opened with an address by President Xi Jinping.
http://www.europeanchamber.com.cn/en/press-releases/2792 European Chamber of Commerce Shanghai review of Xi Jinping’s address at opening of Import Expo.
https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1N51IH?il=0&__twitter_impression=true German industry uneasy about over-dependence on China.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/30/vietnam-is-winning-the-u-s-china-trade-war/ Vietnam the big winner from US-China trade conflict.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/China-tech/Chinese-companies-rush-to-make-own-chips-as-trade-war-bites?utm_campaign=RN%20Subscriber%20newsletter&utm_medium=daily%20newsletter&utm_source=NAR%20Newsletter&utm_content=article%20link Growing frigidity of US-China trade relations impels China toward rapid development of advanced microchip design and manufacture, to replace US imports.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-05/trans-asian-rail-puts-china-on-a-belt-and-road-to-nowhere A skeptical view of the PRC-led effort to build a rail link from China to Europe, emphasizing the unchanging economic benefits of maritime transportation.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-exports-show-surprising-resilience-in-october-despite-tariffs-1541648024 Nice little 3.5-minute video by WSJ’s James Areddy on interpreting PRC’s trade intentions, on the occasion of the opening of the big Shanghai Import Expo.
https://tinyurl.com/ybl652vf A useful review of PRC policy and law regarding outward direct investment, with both an historical and a present-day analysis. Includes discussion of downsides experienced in past and current regulatory efforts to mitigate negative side effects of outbound investment.
http://www.paulsoninstitute.org/news/2018/11/06/statement-by-henry-m-paulson-jr-on-the-united-states-and-china-at-a-crossroads/ MUST READ. Henry Paulson’s dramatic speech on US-China relations, in Singapore. Chinese translation available at http://paulsoninstitute.org.cn/index.php/news/2018/11/07/statement-by-henry-m-paulson-jr-on-the-united-states-and-china-at-a-crossroads/
https://tinyurl.com/ycxttjfj For those with the time, this would be a worthwhile viewing. A session with the author of a new book claiming that China’s entry into the WTO was a disaster for the US and that the US should “decouple” economically from China. Discussant comments are a mirror of the entire US policy debate these days on what to do, economically, with or about China.
https://www.brookings.edu/events/the-china-debate-are-us-and-chinese-long-term-interests-fundamentally-incompatible/?utm_campaign=John%20L.%20Thornton%20China%20Center&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67136006 Another debate among “pro” and “con” debaters on the question of whether US and China interests are “fundamentally incompatible.” David M. Lampton, Evan Medeiros, Susan Thornton, and Brookings’s Tom Wright. Moderated by Evan Osnos.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/07/trump-midterms-china-935559 Mid-term elections likely to have little effect on Trump China trade positions. Detailed analysis.
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/moses-lakes-high-tech-plant-is-collateral-damage-in-us-china-trade-war/?utm_source=referral&utm_medium=mobile-app&utm_campaign=ios The “trade war” comes home to roost in Moses Lake, Washington. Quite a story.
https://www.chinausfocus.com/article/2018/1031/17331.html Financial Times Guru Martin Wolf on the need to avoid a US-China “Cold War.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/opinion/articles/2018-10-30/can-china-u-s-relations-step-back-from-the-edge?__twitter_impression=true Perhaps China’s most articulate deliverer of Chinese government messages to Anglophone audiences, former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mme. Fu Ying, on US-China interdependence and the necessity of avoiding “decoupling.”
https://amp.inkstonenews.com/society/trumps-call-end-birthright-citizenship-worries-chinese-birth-tourists/article/2171197?__twitter_impression=true Trump musings worry Chinese “birth tourism” industry.
https://tinyurl.com/y9of2rew AEI veteran trade specialist Claude Barfield analyzes recent Trump Administration moves to prosecute alleged PRC intellectual property thefts, and proposes follow-on actions by the Administration.
https://www.ft.com/content/8dcb534c-dbaf-11e8-9f04-38d397e6661c?segmentId=6132a895-e068-7ddc-4cec-a1abfa5c8378 Rising US-China security competition leads to complex issues in the field of Artificial Intelligence, as China pushes the “fusion” of military and civilian industrial sectors and US ponders tighter controls on access to US technology.