https://placesjournal.org/article/confucius-and-mao-at-the-mall/?cn-reloaded=1&cn-reloaded=1 MUST READ . A long, beautifully illustrated exploration of “urban art,” combining, as the author says, “Confucius and Mao.”
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/29/xis-china-is-steamrolling-its-own-history/ The attempt to control and channel the study of Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) History to ensure that a dominant historical interpretation coincides with the interests and needs of the current leadership. A blunt, very critical review by a leading Western historian of the Qing, who has herself been subjected to dense criticism in China.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-20/china-s-stimulus-isn-t-boosting-confidence-in-industrial-sector Persistent sluggishness in the industrial sector as China tries to thread the needle between economic slowdown and the perils of excessive credit availability.
https://www.caixinglobal.com/2019-01-29/zhao-jian-whats-not-great-about-chinas-high-speed-rail-the-debt-101375797.html A remarkably frank assessment of the implications of China’s enormous High Speed Rail (HSR) network on the overall economy: enormous debt loads, loss-making routes on all but the most densely-traveled ones; starving of the non-HSR rail system. An eye-opener.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-policy-analysis/china-to-step-up-economic-stimulus-in-slowdown-fight-idUSKCN1PJ1I2 From Jan. 19, overall look at the weak economic numbers from China in 2018Q4.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-15/china-economy-now-slowed-by-stimulus-used-in-great-recession From Jan. 16, delayed by Your Editor’s preoccupation with The Carter Center’s recent Symposium on the 40th anniversary of US-China Normalization of relations. Noah Smith, the author here, is usually worth a read. Here he analyzes the Chinese economic slowdown in interesting ways.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-apos-xi-calls-political-103056500.html From Jan. 21. A four-day high-level conference on the “risks” China now faces, addressed by Xi Jinping.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2182398/big-catch-china-corruption-watchdog-zhao-zhengyong-linked-string A very, very big corruption catch: former Party chief of Shaanxi Province. Ripples may extend widely. From Jan. 16.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/dec/07/china-plan-for-global-media-dominance-propaganda-xi-jinping A long and searing analysis of China’s massive global efforts on the borderlines of journalism and propaganda. “As the west’s media giants flounder, China’s own media imperialism is on the rise, and the ultimate battle may not be for the means of news production, but for journalism itself.”
https://www.brookings.edu/product/revolution-or-evolution-xi-jinping-and-the-future-of-chinas-foreign-policy/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axioschina&stream=top A remarkable site, full of promise, from Brookings. Introduces the work of nine younger-generation China specialists dealing with topics in Chinese politics, especially foreign policy. This is a chance for readers to start becoming familiar with a whole phalanx of “China specialists” now moving into positions of intellectual and public policy relevance as the “Generation of Giants” in the China field begins to leave the front lines of analysis and publication.
https://geopoliticalfutures.com/5g-china-race-dominate-high-tech/ Informative essay on the implications of “5G” telecommunications, Sino-American competition in that sphere as a major factor in global competition. See also https://www.seattletimes.com/business/huawei-announces-5g-smartphone-based-on-own-technology/ for Huawei’s announcement of intent to develop smart phones no longer dependent on U.S. technology.
https://tinyurl.com/y9anhlpo In the vast outpouring of punditry and journalism surrounding the U.S.-China trade and economic negotiations currently underway, this article by Rhodium Group’s Dan Rosen and CSIS’s Scott Kennedy stands out, both for substance and style. Essentially, it lays out a menu of reforms which, the authors argue, would be good for China, but which are also going to be necessary if China is to avoid a much deeper and darker conflict with Trump’s United States.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/technology/huawei-indictment-criminal-charges.html NYT on
Huawei-United States conflict as of Jan. 29.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/big-divides-remain-as-u-s-china-trade-talks-resume-11548717555?mod=hp_major_pos1 The endless
run-up to the crucial trade dispute talks just about to begin in Washington,
against the background of the far-reaching indictment of telecoms giant Huawei
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2019-01-30/huawei-pawn-trade-war A particularly strong, detached article on the Huawei situation in the U.S.
http://www.dia.mil/Military-Power-Publications/ An alarming report on China’s growing military prowess from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Made many waves when it appeared a couple of weeks ago, but the furor has since died down.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/01/15/assessing-u-s-china-relations-2-years-into-the-trump-presidency/amp/?__twitter_impression=true The star Brookings China team blasts the Trump Administration for chaotic handling of China relations and a complete lack of coherent strategy.
https://harpers.org/archive/2019/02/what-china-threat/ An important review of four recent books by Kishore Mahbubani. Not likely to make American China hawks happy.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/01/09/colleges-move-close-chinese-government-funded-confucius-institutes-amid-increasing Confucius Institutes closing at some US universities, amid withering attacks over alleged Chinese government and Party “Influence operations” in the US. Some real ugliness here, both in Congress and in some academic or so-called academic communities. But some genuine concerns: cf., e.g., the University of Michigan case.
https://theintercept.com/2019/01/24/computer-supply-chain-attacks/ More than you ever wanted to know (if you value your sleep) about cyber interference with supply chains. Sort of a “survey of the literature” going back a decade or more, with references to documents released by Edward Snowden, Defense Department and other security-community papers, etc. Not all about China, but China figures prominently.
https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1124996/download The full U.S. government indictment of Huawei in the case of the purloined T-Mobile technology. Reads like a thriller.