https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2019-02-15/will-china-seize-taiwan Is 2019 the year that the PRC will attempt to take Taiwan by force? American scholar Peter Gries worries that mistaken assumptions and expectations could lead to that this particular year.
https://madeinchinajournal.com/ A new journal web site worth visiting. Lots of interesting content.
https://chinarrative.substack.com/p/reunited-at-40-three-pals-await-first A little story about three boys and a girl who grow up in the same humble compound, and what happens to them as they and China change.
https://madeinchinajournal.com/2019/01/12/manufactured-modernity-dwelling-labour-and-enclosure-in-chinas-poverty-resettlements/ On the dwelling places created for the relocation and resettlement of millions of impoverished agricultural residents.
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612596/the-man-turning-china-into-a-quantum-superpower/ An MIT Technology review feature on Professor Pan Jianwei, who is a key leader in the rapid advance of quantum technology in China.
https://thediplomat.com/2019/01/chinas-philanthropy-boom/ A brief but interesting article on the rise of significant philanthropic giving among China’s wealthy, and what it signifies about social change in the PRC.
http://www.chinafile.com/conversation/what-do-huawei-indictments-mean-future-of-global-tech The beginnings of a useful ongoing discussion about Huawei in the context of global 5G development and the growing U.S.-China strategic “competition.”
https://tinyurl.com/ycx3mmhl A massive but well organized report on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector in China, covering just about everything.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1138087.shtml A blunt-spoken essayist views with alarm the possibility of Japanese participation in the “five eyes” intelligence-sharing program that currently involves, as the author gently phrases it, “a group of English-speaking countries with white people forming a majority of the population” (the U.S., the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/viewpoint/normalization-of-sino-american-relations-40-years-later MUST READ. Prof. Jerome Cohen’s reflections on the 40th anniversary of normalization of U.S.-China diplomatic relations. Pitch perfect. See also John Pomfret’s take at the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.comd/opinions/2019/02/04/deeper-tech-concern-is-core-us-huawei-spat/?utm_term=.cdd073e07e4d .
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2018-USTR-Report-to-Congress-on-China%27s-WTO-Compliance.pdf The annual Report by the United States Trade Representative to the Congress on China’s compliance with the requirements of its WTO membership. This report, annual since 2002, is worth examining, in part because it follows extensive written testimony from interesting parties in the US private sector.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2019/02/04/us-china-5/?utm_term=.344f4cd88f89 As crunch time comes on Sino-American negotiations over the terms of the two countries’ trade and economic relations, with an early March deadline before Trump hikes tariffs on Chinese imports, Obama Administration top trade negotiator Michael Froman urges the current team to draw on the many structural changes China had agreed to in its Bilateral Investment Treaty negotiations with the U.S., before Trump took over.
https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/fp_20181030_us-china_fireside_chat_hadley_rice_EN.pdf Transcript of a podcast from Oct. 30, 2018 with two former National Security Advisors, Susan Rice (Obama Adm.) and Stephen Hadley (G. W. Bush Adm.) on how to think about and manage relations with China.
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/competitive-coexistence-american-concept-managing-us-china-relations-42852 U.S. Naval War College professor Andrew Erickson with a clear call for a U.S.-defined approach to relations with China. He calls it “Competitive Coexistence,” and affirms that he has used the term in his writings for a decade. Readers will differ as to the specifics of his recommendations, but at least he is trying to promote internally consistent, coherent US policy, even as he acknowledges the necessity – in fact, the desirability – of accepting higher levels of risk as the US faces China. By the way, many of Erickson’s points, and even his key formulation “Competitive Coexistence,” show up in the dialogue between former National Security Advisors Hadley and Rice in the preceding entry here.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-state-media-giant-cgtn-registers-as-foreign-agent-in-u-s-11549387532 China’s U.S. entity of China Global Television News, the official central government TV news service, registers in the US under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, under pressure from the Trump Administration. This piece details differences in the treatment and status of Chinese journalists in the US and US journalists in China.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/02/08/the-problem-with-inviting-taiwans-tsai-ing-wen-to-speak-to-a-joint-meeting-of-congress/ Adult supervision from Brookings’s Richard Bush, formerly head of AIT Taipei, as a set of U.S. Senators and Members of Congress push for an invitation from Speaker Pelosi to Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress (in the manner, once upon a time, of Mme. Chiang Kai-shek, 1943).