http://chinaheritage.net/journal/speaking-up-for-a-man-who-dared-to-speak-out/ A profile in courage. Open letter signed by Tsinghua University alumni and other major university-affiliated individuals denouncing the silencing and crushing of Tsinghua Law School professor Xu Zhangrun for his politically radioactive writings.
http://chinaheritage.net/journal/tsinghua-university-gets-a-lecture-on-leadership-from-the-central-party-school/ A figure at the Central Party School opines on Tsinghua University’s treatment of Xu Zhangrun (preceding item).
https://www.ft.com/content/763cc6ac-5602-11e9-91f9-b6515a54c5b1?segmentId=6132a895-e068-7ddc-4cec-a1HTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: https://mobile.lsfilter.com/BlockOnFailure.html Connection: close of new models in response.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/04/08/lulu A vivid and heartbreaking story by a U.S.-based writer of Chinese extraction.
https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/52/inside-china-xis-risky-power-play/ A more-than-routine analysis of China’s domestic political and social condition, from a writer long associated with the U.S. human rights community.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/China-ousts-reformist-official-who-called-Made-in-China-2025-waste Lou Jiwei, former Finance Minister and latterly head of China’s social security fund, bluntly criticized Made in China 2025 as a waste of taxpayer money. Soon, PRESTO! No more head of social security fund. Why? Not explicit but the inference presents itself.
https://logicmag.io/07-ghost-world/ University of Washington Anthropologist Darren Byler’s long and powerful essay on the PRC’s current applicaHTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: https://mobile.lsfilter.com/BlockOnFailure.html Connection: close on. Reminiscent of some of the darker writings about the USSR in the late Thirties. Except that Artificial Intelligence was not around then.
https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/why-chinas-economic-reforms-often-backslide/ A thoughtful essay on the structural reasons for the recurrent pattern of reform initiatives followed by retreats from reform. As they say in the subtitle, “China’s ‘seesaw economy’ is the result of an unempowered market that plays second fiddle to political objectives.” But read on.
https://jamestown.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Read-the-03-22-2019-CB-Issue-in-PDF-1.pdf?x87069 A useful analysis of China’s newly-passed Foreign Investment Law begins on Page 9 of this issue of China Brief from The Jamestown Foundation.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/05/business/china-trade-trump-jobs-decoupling.html Signs that foreign companies that have been exporting from production facilities in China are moving production out of the PRC, whether to LDC low-wage countries or to the US and other higher-end production sites.
https://jamestown.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Read-the-03-22-2019-CB-Issue-in-PDF-1.pdf?x87069 Analysis of the new Foreign Investment Law approved at the recent National People’s Congress.
https://www.weekinchina.com/2019/04/shans-cultural-evolution/ An interview with Shan Weijian, one of the greatest products of the first years of Reform and Opening, whose book – mentioned in the interview – is a Must Read and available in e-book form.
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/reports/2019/04/03/468136/limit-leverage-compete-new-strategy-china/ The Center for American Progress, a “left of center” policy shop in D.C. whose origins date from the Clinton era, has issued a long Report on the future of American relations with China. Along with the following item, this is among several longer analyses and prescriptions emerging from such organizations in the U.S. in recent weeks.
https://asiasociety.org/center-us-china-relations/course-correction-toward-effective-and-sustainable-china-policy Here, from February, is “Course Correction: Toward an Effective and Sustainable China Policy,” a long analysis-prescription paper prepared by a self-designated “Task Force on U.S.-China Policy” under Asia Society auspices. Because the “Task Force” consists of people of strong reputation and widespread recognition in China circles, the paper bears close reading. In the current political environment, it goes without saying, there is absolutely no guarantee that anything this paper or any other papHTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: https://mobile.lsfilter.com/BlockOnFailure.html Connection: close tant nonetheless, as they offer clear insights into the thinking – often, the changed thinking – of American China specialists who, over time, have wielded intellectual and/or political influence.
https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/3005140/us-latest-red-scare-overblown-china-not-intent-world A gimlet-eyed American voices skepticism as the tide of “China Will Conquer The World” washes over Washington.
https://macropolo.org/who-loses-from-restricting-chinese-student-visas/ The US slices into visas for Chinese grad students in STEM/advanced tech fields. Pros and cons in this nuanced article. The comprehensive animosity behind these visa policy moves, however, may lead to self-destructive acts.
https://www.caixinglobal.com/2019-03-26/in-depth-chinese-students-in-limbo-as-wait-for-us-visas-stretches-for-months-101397472.html To the same issue.&nHTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: https://mobile.lsfilter.com/BlockOnFailure.html Connection: close return to US after winter vacations at home.
https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/52/diplomacy-can-china-see-the-global-public-good/ Brookings’s David Dollar, usually finance-focused given his extensive background, ventures usefully into a broader scorecard of eight major U.S. diplomatic efforts with China over a period of decades, and finds more positive outcomes than the current windstorm of negativity would lead one to expect. To quote the author, “The successes all shared the characteristic that China came to see the global public good in question as clearly in its own interest. Also, intensive U.S. bilateral diplomacy was complemented by multilateral institutions. The United States cannot have much hope of changing Chinese behavior if the ask in question cannot be nested in a multilateral agreement.”
https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/04/04/cfius-forces-patientslikeme-into-fire-sale-booting-chinese-investor.html?__twitter_impression=true With its mandate massively expanded recently by CongreHTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: https://mobile.lsfilter.com/BlockOnFailure.html Connection: close C investment deals – in fields not self-evidently national-security sensitive.
https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/52/trade-parade-of-broken-promises/ Another articulate essay by CFR’s Elizabeth Economy, essentially codifying the consensus that has now spread throughout the American centrist policy establishment with respect to China. In that regard, we re-list an item from the preceding Suggested Readings:
https://tinyurl.com/y2jw8wos MUST LISTEN to this important address by Professor Susan Shirk of UCSD, at the University of Pennsylvania. Retrospective at 40th anniversary of Normal Diplomatic Relations, and much more. The Q&A is equally important.
https://chinaipr.com/2019/04/06/rip-van-winkle-returns-for-the-for-the-trade-war/ A long, complex, but ultimately very stimulating essay by US Intellectual Property specialist Mark Cohen, in the form of an interview after twenty years with “Rip Van Winkle” (Chinese readers, look that up) on all manner of issues HTTP/1.1 302 Found Location: https://mobile.lsfilter.com/BlockOnFailure.html Connection: close https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw-rJPuqHEk&feature=youtu.be">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw-rJPuqHEk&feature=youtu.be Kevin Rudd interview on current US-China trade negotiations and, importantly, the long-term future process of endless revisiting and re-defining and re-everything once the two sides reach an “agreement.” From “unregulated trade war,” to “regulated trade war,” he puts it. He is right. Rudd surprisingly mild on Trump Administration behavior along the way. A welcome respite from the tidal wave of largely contentless rapportage trying to say something readable about the negotiations over much, much too long a time.