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Suggested Readings:May 7-13, 2018

作者:Robert A. Kapp   来源:US-China Perception Monitor  已有 57人浏览 字体放大  字体缩小
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PRC Domestic

https://www.thechinastory.org/cot/jiang-shigong-on-philosophy-and-history-interpreting-the-xi-jinping-era-through-xis-report-to-the-nineteenth-national-congress-of-the-ccp/ 
A massive essay by a respected Peking University scholar, with an invaluable introduction by the translators, on the philosophical and ideological synthesis embodied in “Xi Jinping Thought,” in the context of all of China’s history and China’s struggles over the past two centuries.  Worth the slog, for those with time and a quiet place to read.

https://www.ft.com/content/766d2a42-419d-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b
FT’s veteran China reporter Lucy Hornby on the reinvigoration of Marxism and the expansion of the Party’s role in the Chinese economy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/12/world/asia/china-pastor-detained-sichuan-earthquake.html 
A relatively rare mainstream media hint at the granular complexity of social and religious life today.  The central subject here is one independent church leader’s arrest as he prepared to lead commemoration ceremonies in the community at the center of the catastrophic Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan Province exactly ten years ago.

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1002250/the-destructive-earthquake-that-gave-chinas-charities-new-life

A generally upbeat story about the enhanced role of NGOs in promoting disaster-preparedness in areas of Sichuan hit by the 2008 Wenchuan quake.  Only the lightest mention, however, of the political sensitivities arising from the quake, especially the government’s move to “coordinate” NGO work, and the suppressed furor over shoddy construction of school buildings in which hundreds of Chinese kids died in the 2008 disaster.  Still, an informative piece. 

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1002232/precious-but-precarious-wenchuans-second-families 
Related to the preceding.  A moving and powerful account of “second families” in the remote and impoverished mountain regions of Sichuan where, in 2008, a great many children – the only offspring of their parents under the “One Child Policy” – were killed in the great earthquake, and where husbands and wives created new babies to start new families.

PRC-USA

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-13/trump-says-he-xi-working-to-bring-back-china-s-banned-zte 
Brain-spinning news on the U.S. ruinous sanctions against big Chinese mobile phone maker ZTE.  Trump orders Commerce Dept. to make sure ZTE stays in business, since too many Chinese jobs are at risk.  Analysis and background.

https://www.ft.com/content/99fbaf9e-4ef2-11e8-9471-a083af05aea7
This article is like a peek under the rug; it reveals a vast, roiling set of technological and government policy challenges, in both the U.S. and China.

https://www.ft.com/content/dd2af6b0-4fc1-11e8-9471-a083af05aea7  
FT sage Martin Wolf flays (correctly) the “terms” that the US demanded of China in the recent Mnuchin-Navarro talks in Beijing.  Unbelievable and blithe demands which, as Wolf says, no self-respecting nation could accept.  A trump-style “deal” opening move?  Waking from that dream will not be pleasant.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/05/the-trump-administration-just-forced-smartphone-maker-zte-to-shut-down/ 
Amazing.  US ban on American companies supplying anything to ZTE (incl. chips on which ZTE is utterly dependent) may be putting ZTE completely out of business.  Details.  BUT:
 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/13/trump-pledges-to-help-chinese-phone-maker-zte-get-back-into-business/?utm_term=.6d729c5d66d9
Days later, Trump says he and Xi are working to help ZTE stay alive, and to save Chinese jobs.
 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-07/chinese-economic-chief-to-visit-washington-for-trade-talks 
Signs of further talks just ahead.  Maybe.
 

https://tinyurl.com/yaqan2gc 
US political world joins the “PRC Influence Operations” wave.  A disturbing story.
 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/u-s-says-something-terribly-wrong-at-wto-china-in-fantasy-land-idUSKBN1I91TM 
Throwing the WTO under the bus?

http://time.com/5270271/china-cutting-soybean-purchases-after-tariff-threats/
US soybean sales to China tank.  Seasonal or political?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-businesses-to-make-their-case-against-china-tariffs-1526216521
3-day USTR hearing on proposed retaliatory tariffs on Chinese imports for alleged IP violations will air this week.  US companies will testify, orally or in writing,  This article surveys the business sector’s uneasinesses.  Trump may see the whole thing as a haggle; Lighthizer (USTR) maybe more driven to dismantle PRC core economic practices.

http://globegazette.com/news/local/ag-leaders-urge-u-s-to-end-china-dispute/article_c62a2526-1570-51d8-988f-c7764859e1b0.html 
Iowa farm groups express trade-war fears to Trump Administration. 

PRC Global

https://twitter.com/icja_china 
A site to watch if you want to stay current in what me might call the “sociology of China reporting,” especially among younger Western journalists.

https://jamestown.org/program/concern-mounts-in-beijing-over-xis-aggressive-tactics/?mc_cid=e203cf7082&mc_eid=4831433c4a
Fascinating report by Willy Lam, suggesting (with cited sources but no definitive proof) that as the economic confrontation with the US builds, some voices are suggesting that China’s recent and vigorous assertiveness may have gone too far.

https://www.ft.com/content/89f2d524-52e3-11e8-b24e-cad6aa67e23e 
Great article by UK China veteran Charles Parton, about how words really matter and how we must avoid falling into easy phrases that either don’t mean what they seem to mean or don’t really mean much of anything.

http://time.com/5270662/north-south-korea-china-japan-summit-denuclearize/
Tectonic shifts underway in East Asia?  Leaders of Japan, PRC and South Korea meet and pledge.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/vietnam-asks-china-to-withdraw-missiles-from-south-china-sea/2018/05/08/ba35414e-5339-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html?utm_term=.9ad9234edd9b 
Vietnam asks PRC to remove missiles from its manmade islands in the South China Sea.

https://tinyurl.com/y898xx46
Critical commentary and sensible, if improbable, advice to China on how to re-craft it’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) to ensure successful cooperation with the countries in which it proposes to invest.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/13/chinas-first-home-built-aircraft-carrier-began-sea-trials-beijing/

发布时间:2018年05月15日 来源时间:2018年05月15日
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