https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Zv1Sr2kvI Video of Xi Jinping’s address to the Boao
Forum April 10. English interpreter
voice-over, from a prepared text. A good
chance to look at the man and sense his rhetorical style.
Read. Was it a mistake to “let China in”
to the WTO?
detailed look at Belt and Road Initiative projects in numerous countries, with
emphasis on the problems China has encountered.
This is an Indian publication, and may be subject to close factual
https://www.ft.com/content/a3bfb80c-4166-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b?emailId=5ad50270fa12e00004bd4949&segmentId=60a126e8-df3c-b524-c979-f90bde8a67cd The U.S., and the UK, bring the
sledgehammer down on major PRC telecoms manufacturer ZTE on grounds of
security. Important, large
development. China will surely react.
Rising EU uneasiness about the Belt and Road Initiative: the sense that
one “system” is going head-to-ahead with another “system.”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-to-ease-rules-on-foreign-auto-makers-1523963345 China announces plans to moderate current
investment restrictions in the auto sector (e.g. joint-venture requirements,
lower tariffs on imported autos). Devil
in the details, as always, and ultimate impact uncertain, given the extent of
current foreign auto firms’ jv and other operations in the country. But a response to loud U.S. demands for
liberalization in the auto sector.
Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations has published a
significant new book, and this article (may be paywalled) arises from her
larger work. “China’s New
Revolution: The Reign of Xi Jinping.”
https://www.ft.com/content/f50dfdc8-4232-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b?segmentId=6132a895-e068-7ddc-4cec-a1abfa5c8378 Cut in reserve requirement for banks –
gentle action in face of signs of economic slowing.
and more and more on national security and fighting “foreign” spies and
Research article on the rise of the Ministry of Public Security in
intelligence work in China. (Paywalled
in typical academic press fashion.)
one will have legs. But much of this
piece is a rehash of already-known material.
https://www.ft.com/content/c3f36630-443d-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b?segmentId=6132a895-e068-7ddc-4cec-a1abfa5c8378 U.S. considering use of the International
Economic Emergency Powers Act to curtail Chinese investment in U.S. advanced
technology sector – big deal, if it actually happens.
https://tinyurl.com/y8y7a6el One of America’s most seasoned and
highly respected China diplomats, Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy, warns that
recent U.S. legislation portends disaster for Taiwan and for U.S.-China
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-20/china-s-zte-fires-back-at-u-s-calls-7-year-ban-unacceptable Unintended consequences coming? US ban on ZTE brings signs of impending
Chinese response. Some US companies
(Qualcomm above all) caught in the crossfire.
EXCELLENT BACKGROUND ELABORATION ON THIS MAJOR CASE AT https://www.economist.com/news/business/21740770-chinas-second-largest-telecoms-firm-could-become-bargaining-chip-trade-dispute .
https://www.chinamoneynetwork.com/2018/04/18/chinese-media-calls-for-semiconductor-self-reliance-amid-zte-import-ban More on the ZTE ban: inevitably, the ban
strengthens the push for full-fledged indigenization of the Chinese IT sector,
to avoid dependence on foreign components vulnerable to supply interruptions or
Other Items of
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2142501/beijing-putting-finishing-touches-its-battle-plan-take Serious jitters over potential PRC military
action against Taiwan, following highly conspicuous PRC military exercise.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201804/18/WS5ad741b7a3105cdcf6519188.html China Daily tells the world not to dismiss
recent large-scale military exercises lightly.
“No room for bargaining when it comes to China's
territorial integrity….it would be wrong for any dreaming of the island's
secession to consider efforts in this regard as a demonstration of weakness or
indetermination. Although it remains the last resort, the PLA will act if
forced to do so.”
set of brief articles on China in a recent Australian publication. Some are Australia-centered, but others
(including Lampton’s opening essay) are not.
Lampton wisely concludes, “As we contemplate the prospect of endless
Sino–American abrasion and negotiation, remember that the three decades from
the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 to 1979 saw two wars
involving China and the United States and virtually no bilateral trade. Te next
almost 40 years have seen no Sino–American wars and huge welfare improvements
in both countries through cooperation. Let’s remember past achievements as we
deal with current and future frustrations.
FASCINATING piece on China’s thousand-plus “time-honored brands,” and
their challenges in today’s market.