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.
FT’s veteran China reporter Lucy Hornby on the reinvigoration of Marxism and the expansion of the Party’s role in the Chinese economy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Days later, Trump says he and Xi are working to help ZTE stay alive, and to save Chinese jobs.
Signs of further talks just ahead. Maybe.
US political world joins the “PRC Influence Operations” wave. A disturbing story.
Throwing the WTO under the bus?
US soybean sales to China tank. Seasonal or political?
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.
Iowa farm groups express trade-war fears to Trump Administration.
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.
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.
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.
Tectonic shifts underway in East Asia? Leaders of Japan, PRC and South Korea meet and pledge.
Vietnam asks PRC to remove missiles from its manmade islands in the South China Sea.
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.