https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-communist-party-is-battening-down-the-hatches-as-the-economy-slows/2019/03/05/22516e98-3f1f-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.5c81c542b432 As National People’s Congress meets, this piece discusses the deepening ripples of economic slowing in China and the responses by the Communist Party and the Xi Jinping administration.
http://tinyurl.com/yyfa75nk Remarkable story of a startup in flexible displays, with evidence along the way of the symbiosis between the U.S. and China.
https://thediplomat.com/2019/02/how-the-us-china-tech-wars-will-impact-the-developing-world/ Deborah Lehr, who earlier in her career was one of the top US trade negotiators with China, offers this very interesting piece about the effects on the developing world of a potential division of the cyber realm into a Chinese “universe” and a U.S./”Western” digital “universe.” Consider, e.g.: 15% of Egypt’s people have bank accounts, but mobile phone density is 110 percent.
http://tinyurl.com/y3fj8cm2 CFR’s Elizabeth Economy rehearses, as she did in her recent book, the many ways in which Xi Jinping has amassed personal power and cemented the CCP’s penetration of just about anything, but she argues that this might be “too much of a good thing,” and the negative consequences of the Xi onslaught of recent years should lead him to move in more, shall we say, “progressive” directions, in his and China’s own interest (especially with the PRC economy significantly slowing). Neither she nor Your Editor is particularly optimistic about that, however.
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/one-china-issue-catches-out-another-firm/ Political correctness reigns in advertising, as the US company MAC Cosmetics has discovered, after a dumb error in its advertising scheme.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-parliament-xinjiang/china-says-xinjiang-has-boarding-schools-not-concentration-camps-idUSKBN1QT1E4 Xinjiang Governor says “like boarding schools.”
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20190313/261257.html A government “public relations site” offers this wholesome view of a “training center” in Kashgar. Skeptical readers will view this with concern. Taken as a whole, this article encapsulates China’s official message to a concerned world.
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1003617/even-in-chinas-boomtowns%2C-some-schools-are-going-bust A vivid, if poignant, look at a declining town and its moribund school, reflective of patterns of economic development and demographic change.
https://rhg.com/research/chinese-fdi-in-europe-2018-trends-and-impact-of-new-screening-policies/ Analysis of PRC direct investment in the EU in 2018, far below 2017 levels.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/diplomatic-outbursts-mar-xis-plan-to-raise-china-on-the-world-stage Growing obstreperousness in China’s foreign-affairs ranks, and the reasons for it. (Hint: it has to do with domestic political winds.)
https://thediplomat.com/2019/03/as-kim-jong-un-crossed-china-did-he-like-what-he-saw/ A fanciful article, embodying the author’s predilections, on what might have gone through Kim Jong-un’s mind as he travelled by rail, 60 hours each way, from the Sino-Korean border to China’s border with Vietnam.
http://tinyurl.com/yxm3yauf An upbeat article by a PRC think-tank writer on favorable developments at the People’s Bank of China in the direction of greater market determination of the value of the Renminbi and less PBOC intervention.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Taiwan-presidential-favorite-says-peace-talks-with-China-inevitable The URL says it all. Kaohsiung Mayor and likely presidential candidate opposing Tsai Ing-wen next year expresses different view on cross-Strait prospects.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-grounds-all-boeing-737-max-8-jets-after-ethiopian-airlines-crash-11552271191?mod=hp_major_pos13 China grounds its Boeing 737 Max airliners after the Ethiopian Airlines disaster: interesting analysis of relations between US FAA and CAAC authorities on matters like this.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Democratic-US-presidential-front-runners-split-on-China-tariffs A quick look, from a Japanese media outlet, at what some Democratic presidential candidates in the U.S. have had to say about relations with China. Impressionistic, with no claim to depth or comprehensiveness.
https://thediplomat.com/2019/03/competition-confrontation-or-collision-course-reassessing-us-china-relations/ An interview with the two head authors on the recent Eminent Persons group report on US-China relations, entitled “Course Correction.”
http://tinyurl.com/y52a6gph A look at the U.S. and Chinese movie industries, and their aspirations and concerns, as government-to-government relations take on more frictions and confrontations. Entertaining and informative.
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/u-s-diplomat-rips-chinas-religious-crackdown Former Senator Brownback, whose subsequent tenure as Governor of the state of Kansas, ended in abject failure, is now Trump’s top Religious Liberty appointee at the State Department. His declaration that the PRC is waging a “war on faith” is worth reading, but very much in character for this religion politician, even as he points to genuine matters of concern.
https://news.gallup.com/poll/247559/americans-favorable-views-china-point-hit.aspx Annual Gallup survey shows sharp deterioration of American public attitudes toward China.