https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/china-no-presidential-term-limits-not-dangerous-by-keyu-jin-2018-04/english A very articulate pushback against the prevailing Western negative interpretations of the elimination of the two-term limit on the Chinese presidency.
https://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/deciphering-chinas-ai-dream/ A major attempt at analyzing Chinese intentions and assumptions with respect to Artificial Intelligence, which it is pursuing with great energy.
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1002010/hubei-family-reflects-on-generations-of-relocation A thoughtful essay on the experience of repeated relocation, as humble folk are moved to accommodate major government infrastructure project after major project.
https://www.caixinglobal.com/2018-04-04/opinion-resistance-to-opening-up-ignores-40-years-of-success-101230642.html Something rare these days: an English-language discussion, in a reputable publication, touching on persistent resistance to further “Opening Up” of the Chinese financial sector, and emphasizing the fallacies in the resisters’ positions.
https://tinyurl.com/yafzhmvz An interesting report on local-level responses to climate change, primarily in coastal China.
https://macropolo.org/trumps-trade-war-isnt-trade-technology/ MUST READ. Cogent analysis of the USTR’s massive report on its investigation of PRC intellectual property and related practices, under Section 301 of the US Trade Act of 1974. Big US penalty actions impending.
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL33536.pdf The latest update in the Congressional Research Service’s ongoing series, “U.S.-China Trade Issues.” Always judicious and worth a read.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-tariff-retaliation-will-require-some-imagination-1523015755?mod=djemalertNEWS China’s response to Trump threat of tariff hikes on an additional $100b of Chinese imports.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201804/06/WS5ac7836fa3105cdcf6516827.html Another blunt editorial from an official medium, China Daily.
https://www.uschina.org/mofcom-target-tariff-list The list of U.S. exports to China that are now subject to new tariffs, in response to the U.S. imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum.
https://tinyurl.com/yb7bbgkn USTR releases preliminary list of 1300 Chinese that may be hit with higher tariffs in partial response to Chinese IP misdeeds detailed in the two preceding items. Public comment period impends before finalization of the list. Expect vast public discussion and huge lobbying maelstrom.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/04/04/china-just-gut-punched-trump-on-trade-is-it-time-to-get-worried/?utm_term=.2670b2d37fe0 Gloomy speculations on the impact on the U.S. economy from the escalating exchange of threats between Washington and Beijing.
https://www.cfr.org/blog/why-does-everyone-hate-made-china-2025 Related to the preceding item, an article on “Made in China 2025,” the PRC high-tech development strategy that lies at the heart of rising US and world concerns over their economic futures.
https://tinyurl.com/y9cszqhl CSIS’s James Lewis about the basic realities of PRC acquisition of U.S. intellectual property. He has been at this for a very long time.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2140637/us-trade-threats-raise-risks-chinas-industrial-tech One of the few pieces in the torrent of English-language material on the looming trade conflict between the US and China that discusses the damage that US restrictions on Chinese high-technology imports could have on China’s long-term, strategic plans for development of its cutting-edge economy.
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/21/nobody-knows-anything-about-china/ Foreign Policy’s Asia Editor James Palmer lays out in detail the challenges to reaching “knowledge” about just about anything in China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/04/02/a-deepening-dictatorship-promises-a-grim-future-for-china/?utm_source=subscribe2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=postnotify&utm_id=117071&utm_title=A+deepening+dictatorship+promises+a+grim+future+for+China Macquarie University’s Kevin Carrico could not be more blunt in his critical assessment of where China now stands.