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China’s Accelerating Fertility Crisis (Zhang Jun)
China has always been cautious about loosening family-planning rules. But, if it is to sustain its economic dynamism in the decades to come, it must work hard to expand its labor force, including by raising the retirement age and encouraging families to have more children. Otherwise, its population will become old in the same way Ernest Hemingway described how one goes bankrupt: gradually, then suddenly.
Beyond colossus or collapse: five myths driving Amerian debates about China (Evan Medeiros & Jude Blanchette):
Regardless of where one comes down on the precise mix of policies that the United States and its allies should adopt, the first step is for debate to be based on a cleareyed assessment of China that rejects popular myths and accepts unpopular realities about the country’s capabilities, intentions, strengths and weaknesses. Tilting at windmills is not now, nor has it ever been, the appropriate foundation for good strategy.
Rather than wandering aimlessly down Beijing hutongs in search of [hard socioeconomic] targets, we think it is now more important and productive to look at systemic and qualitative changes to gauge China’s progress. For the next five years at least, targets will simply be peripheral, while reshaping institutions and incentives will likely take center stage.
Dear White China Hands, (@OpinionChina):
It’s clear now that some China hands’ reflexive claim to “love the Chinese people but hate their government” is simply not good enough, because bigots discriminate indiscriminately. You and I know the distinction is crucial. And we repeat it religiously, as if to absolve ourselves of any notion that we could be part of the problem. Yet this nuance is lost on many downstream consumers of China news and analysis — including the perpetrators of anti-Asian violence — either because they do not know or care enough to distinguish between People and Party, or because the latter has worked breathlessly to conflate the two.
The Pentagon is using China as an excuse for huge new budgets (Fareed Zakaria):
U.S. military spending remains larger than the defense budgets of the next 10 countries put together…Having spent two decades fighting wars in the Middle East without much success, the Pentagon will now revert to its favorite kind of conflict, a cold war with a nuclear power. It can raise endless amounts of money to “outpace” China, even if nuclear deterrence makes it unlikely there will be an actual fighting war in Asia.
TikTok vs Douyin: A Security and Privacy Analysis (Pellaeon Lin):
TikTok and Douyin do not appear to exhibit overtly malicious behavior similar to those exhibited by malware. We did not observe either app collecting contact lists, recording and sending photos, audio, videos or geolocation coordinates without user permission…
Despite not exhibiting overtly malicious behavior, Douyin contains features that raise privacy and security concerns, such as dynamic code loading and server-side search censorship. TikTok does not contain these features.
China's new obsession: 'Private traffic' (Shen Lu):
With overall internet penetration at 70%, upstarts and tech giants alike are increasingly focused on turning casual users into dedicated ones; that is, capturing "public traffic" and turning it into "private traffic." Private traffic can come from users dedicated to a company's app, or from followers of an influencer's personal livestreaming channels. A U.S. equivalent might be newsletter subscribers.
China Analysis Digest
- Issue: 2021/04
- Date range: March 17-24, 2021
- Sources scanned: 72
- Content: 181 publications from 46 sources
- Download raw data (.csv)
- How are financial markets reacting to concerns over Chinese influence in Australia?
- Infected with Fear and Anxiety: The Australian Media’s Reporting on China and COVID-19
Pew Research Center:
- What the Hong Kong Protesters’ Trial Reveals About Beijing
- The U.S. and China Finally Get Real With Each Other
- A hostile meeting sets the tone for US-China relations
- Campaigners in China struggle to improve the lot of the disabled
- A woman won a landmark #MeToo case in China. Why is winning so hard?
- Asian American women legislators have been speaking out against anti-Asian violence
- Will Chinese funding help strengthen Africa’s climate change response? It’s complicated.
China Media Project:
- What Happened in Mingjing Village?
- Multiplayer Diplomacy
- Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era
- Dropping Propaganda
China Digital Times:
- Suicide Bombing at Village Government Office Leaves 5 Dead
- Michael Kovrig Tried in Beijing, No Verdict Announced
- E.U. and Allies Sanction PRC Officials for Xinjiang Abuses; China Retaliates Against Politicians, Diplomats, Academics
- Sharp Rhetoric Sets Tone for Biden-era U.S.-China Diplomacy
- Translation: Young Woman’s Unjust Prison Sentence Sparks Acts Of “Digital Disobedience”
- Court Dates for Detained Canadians Announced on Eve of U.S.-China Summit
Politico China Watcher:
Politico China Direct:
Protocol | China:
The Wire China:
- Biden’s China Team
- Rory Medcalf on the Reality Check of Australia-China Relations
- Biden Should Ditch Trump’s China Tariffs
- Jolly Gene Giant
- Weakening Links
- The New Gold
- For China’s Middle-Aged Women, Depression Is an ‘Invisible Killer’
- The Unbearable Likeness of Being: The Story of ‘Little Jack Ma’
- Forget ‘Leftover Women.’ Let’s Talk About the Women Being Left Out.
- An Ode to Shanghai’s Television Golden Age
- China’s Sex Ed Classes Need to Teach More Than Fear
- Cyborg Ghosts, Space Dragon Boats, and the Deep Roots of Chinese Sci-Fi
- When Christianity was tolerated in early Qing China
- China and Russia condemn sanctions, accuse West of ‘politicizing human rights issues’
- Suning.com wants an IPO for Carrefour China — to fund growth or pay debts?
- Image-obsessed Chinese actress apologizes for comparing her body shape to a cartoon character’s
- EU issues first sanctions on China since 1989 over treatment of Uyghurs
- Intel China removes ad featuring female standup comedian after complaints from unhappy male internet users
- Inter Milan up for sale as Suning looks to escape soccer’s financial black hole
- Ancient beauty Wang Zhaojun’s shifting significance
- Icy U.S.-China relations and a hot spat in Alaska
- A generation without money, houses, or work-life balance also doesn’t want marriage
- China’s Internet of Things company Tuya Smart IPOs
- China curtailed loans to Latin America in 2020. Will the U.S. swoop in?
- ‘Center Stage’ reconstructs the life and enigma of a legendary actress
- Chinese divorce-seeking couples are choosing reconciliation after enduring 30-day “cooling-off” period
- Pinduoduo is bigger than Alibaba, and its chairman steps down
- Meeting the Darkhad, the soul guards of Genghis Khan
- Beijing wants ‘strategic dialogue’ with U.S. and Europe, but instead, it’s getting confrontation
- Uncertainty roils Chinese private tutoring industry over feared regulatory crackdown
- Alibaba-backed battery-sharing startup Energy Monster files for U.S. IPO
- A fight for women’s suffrage in the early days of the Chinese republic
- Indo-Pacific Strategies, Perceptions and Partnerships
- Battle Lines Being Drawn Over Online Freedoms in Asia
- Clarity of Conviction but Harnessing Competition Is Key
- Restrictions on Online Freedom of Expression in China
Chaoyang Trap House:
War on the Rocks:
- Beyond Colossus or Collapse: Five Myths Driving American Debates about China
- How China Sees the International Order: A Lesson from the Chinese Classics
Center for Advanced China Research:
- Trump Got China All Wrong. Now Biden Is Too.
- The U.S. Doesn’t Need China’s Collapse to Win
- Great Power Competition Is Not Enough
- China’s Secretive Maritime Militia May Be Gathering at Whitsun Reef
- Young People in China Are Losing Faith in the West
- Will Biden’s Approach to China and Russia Work?
- The Chinese Government’s Cover-Up Killed Health Care Workers Worldwide
- Why China Is America’s Hardest Foreign-Policy Problem
- China’s Neighbors Are Stronger Than We Think
- China Finds Itself Under Fire in Myanmar
- Why Washington Is Fed Up With Beijing
- U.S. Seeks to Counter China’s Full-Court Press in Asia
- China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East
- China Bashes US Over Racism, Inequality, Pandemic Response
- The Logic of China’s Vaccine Diplomacy
- China and Russia Show Solidarity at Meeting of Foreign Ministers
- What’s Missing in the New Cold War Stories?
- Xi, Kim Share Messages Reaffirming China-North Korea Alliance
- The Belt and Road in Italy: 2 Years Later
- 2nd Canadian Goes on Trial in China on Spying Charges
- The Huawei Factor in US-India Relations
- CGTN Loses UK License: China’s Global Media Gambit
- Australian Parliamentary Debate Condemns China over Uyghur Abuses
- The ‘Quad’ Summit: Delivering Value in the Indo-Pacific
- COVID-19 Made China’s Debt Problem Worse
- Rumors of War in the Taiwan Strait
- Even Climate Change Is a Fraught Area for US-China Cooperation
- The Ant Group Incident Reveals the Fragile Future of Innovation in China
- Do the Anchorage Talks Represent a New Normal for US-China Relations?
- US, China Spar in First Face-to-Face Meeting Under Biden
- The Strategic Implications of the China-Russia Lunar Base Cooperation Agreement
- Jailed Canadians to Face Trial in China
- Murders in Georgia Spark Outcry From China, South Korea
- If China’s Anti-Uyghur Campaign Isn’t Genocide, What Is?
- China’s Arctic Ambitions Face Increasing Headwinds in Finland
- US Sanctions 24 China and Hong Kong Officials Ahead of Talks
- China Takes Aim at UK Ambassador Over Media Freedom Post
- Taiwan, Palau Say They Will Open Travel Bubble Next Month
- China retaliates to EU’s sanction on Xinjiang human rights violations
- Beijing fills gaps left by Brussels in the Western Balkans
- CAI market access annexes released – review of key openings
- MERICS Global China Inc. Tracker
- A year-old H&M statement about Xinjiang cotton is getting fierce blowback in China
- Beijing’s European sanctions are also a bid to control who tells the China story
- Who are the 10 European citizens China is sanctioning?
- The EU is sanctioning China for the first time since Tiananmen Square
- A Beijing diplomat’s feisty words to the US in Alaska now adorn patriotic merchandise
- China’s crackdown on Jack Ma has come to Hong Kong’s paper of record
- China is boosting its vaccine diplomacy with visa perks for taking its shots
- Power struggles and Chinese influence in the Pacific Island region
- Alaska meeting: A historic moment of China standing up to the West?
- Anti-Chinese populism on the rise in Southeast Asia?
- Why anti-China sentiments are growing in Myanmar and China is set to lose
- Can Taiwan fight for as long as it takes?
- Has the US walked into China's trap?
- China must understand the 'tragedy complex' of Biden's team
- Is America falling apart?
- Vaccine politics: Can one take a US-made vaccine after taking a China-made one?
- How to solve the Chinese headache of learning English
- From Yangon to Hong Kong: Why locals attack mainland Chinese companies during political unrest
- How to engage with China over its treatment of Uyghurs
- Ghana’s Bui Dam raises concerns – again – about hydro power projects
- Beijing’s ‘sandstorm’ was actually a dust storm – and that’s much worse
- UK trade and security review: pivoting to the east will draw Britain into tensions between China and US
East Asia Forum:
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
- Chinese Development Assistance: A New Approach or More of the Same?
- Why Europe Need Not Fail Over Human Rights
- Fueled by Sanctions: Russia and China’s Jumbo Jet
- As Russia and China Draw Closer, Europe Watches With Foreboding
- What Does China’s Latest Five-Year Plan Mean for Russia?
National People's Congress Observer:
What's on Weibo:
- Female Comedian Yang Li and the Intel Controversy
- About Yang Jiechi’s Instant Noodle Lunch at the US-China Talks in Alaska
- The Online Hit of the China-US Meeting in Alaska: Interpreter Zhang Jing
- Mao-Era Military Marriage Regulations Under Fire on Weibo
- Growing Distrust in Car-Hailing Services: The Huolala Incident Explained
- The Political Aspect of Taiwan’s Energy Policy and Reliance on Natural Gas
- The last Green Mile? Is Taiwan’s Antinuclear Movement Gearing for a Final Confrontation?
- The Biden Administration and Taiwan: Positive Opening Moves
- Chao Shao-kang’s Return to Taiwan politics: Will He Replay the Han Kuo-yu Drama?
- Is It Taiwan’s Turn to Invest in Space?
- Positioning Taiwanese Queer Cinema on the Global Stage
Hong Kong Free Press:
- Mass trials and Hong Kong’s reporting restrictions – a practical solution
- Electoral surgery risks overkill, further eroding Hongkongers’ trust in Beijing
The India China Newsletter:
Observer Research Foundation:
- The US and China theatre under Biden starts in Alaska
- US-China: Hot exchange in cold Alaska sets the tone
- Walking the talk and talking tough: Biden’s East Asia outreach and the US-China dialogue
- China’s hostility, India’s resilience shaped Quad
- US-China at Anchorage was teeth-baring showmanship
- Hong Kong ‘patriot’ games: After the political system, will the judiciary be Beijing’s next target?
- Xi Jinping and Uyghur Muslim minorities in Xinjiang
- Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy
Beijing to Britain:
- Cheap, reusable space launchers are still years away for Chinese military
- China comes alone while US brings ‘fast multilateralism’ to Anchorage
- China’s problematic solution to its water-security woes
- Beijing’s ‘two sessions’ give no hint of compromise on Taiwan
- China should play its part in curbing soy-driven ecosystem loss
- Indonesian community seeks World Bank mediation against Chinese-owned zinc mine
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