China Analysis Digest #5
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China Wants a ‘Rules-Based International Order,’ Too (Stephen Walt)
[T]he distinction between the United States’ supposed commitment to a system of rules and China’s alleged lack thereof is misleading in at least three ways. First, it overlooks the United States’ own willingness to ignore, evade, or rewrite the rules whenever they seem inconvenient…Second…China accepts and even defends many principles of the existing order, although of course not all of them…Third, [some argue] that abandoning today’s rules-based order would leave us in a lawless, rule-free world of naked power politics, unregulated by any norms or principles whatsoever. This is simply not the case…
Dealing with a China that’s not like us (Editorial Board, East Asia Forum):
The United States would serve its own democracy and democracies globally best by self-improvement, and demonstrating how a great democracy can self-repair and improve. The creation of exclusive clubs of democracies, when many are faltering, will only lead to deepening polarisation and unstable geopolitical disequilibrium.
The Complex Legacy of China’s Cinematic Pirates (Wang Yan):
The debate in China over whether amateur subtitle groups deserve to be shut down…reflects a desire to overcome all the various obstacles that limit the transmission of knowledge. For many Chinese, the gray zones on the periphery of intellectual property law have long been a source of color in their lives. The piracy scene…might be on its last legs, but the rich cinephile culture it helped stimulate, the intercultural discussions and exchanges it sparked, and the up-and-coming creators it inspired aren’t going anywhere.
Costly Choices: Establishing the Facts of Australia’s China Policy Since 2016 (James Laurenceson):
With the relationship between Australia and China now in a stalemate and the possibility it could get worse, leading local protagonists have taken to telling a story of how things came to be. But it’s in no small part a self-serving tale, seemingly designed to deflect having to take some responsibility.
Taking cold war comforts from Alaska is unwise (James Curran):
Australian euphoria after the Alaska dialogue is based on the assumption that reborn US power will put the rising competitor in its place. But in fact an assertive China is the new constant…A new framework for [Australian] foreign policy will need to bring a revitalised understanding of the creative tension between its cultural moorings and geopolitical reality…It means…blend[ing] principle and pragmatism, agility and firmness where necessary; and recognition that inconsistency, too, is part and parcel of international affairs…Above all, it means casting a sceptical eye over absolutist theories that purport to offer a final picture of future events.
We stand with MERICS (Scott Kennedy, Bonnie Glaser, Jude Blanchette & Matthew Goodman):
Scholarly exchange with China has never been entirely open and straightforward…Although unwelcome, [these difficulties] are the expected obstacles to understanding phenomena in an authoritarian polity. But in the last few years, China has gone significantly further in obstructing independent research and constructive scholarly exchange…The damage caused by China’s actions is profound. These steps cannot but reduce mutual understanding, harm China’s reputation, and lead to greater negative reporting on China.
American Public Divided on Cooperating with, Confronting China (Karl Friedhoff):
Asked about priorities for the United States in Asia, majorities (65%) say it is ensuring economic growth (65%) and strengthening democracy (57%). Just one-third (35%) cite limiting China’s expansion in Asia as a top priority. At the same time, Americans are divided on dealing with China. Half (51%) say the United States should actively work to limit the growth of China’s power versus 47 percent that want to undertake friendly cooperation and engagement with China. This is largely unchanged from July.
Baizuo’ Is a Chinese Word Conservatives Love (Frankie Huang)
Anti-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) diaspora Chinese, especially Trump supporters, use the term [Baizuo] against those who don’t support Western conservative causes or politicians. Baizuo gets deployed in particular against anyone seen as putting progressive values ahead of being Chinese—which, in the mind of conservative immigrants, often includes people like Asian supporters of Black Lives Matter.
China Analysis Digest
- Issue: 2021/05
- Date range: March 24-31, 2021
- Sources scanned: 74
- Content: 199 publications from 48 sources
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- The New China Shock
- China’s Go-It-Alone Five-Year Plan
- China Is Missing from the Great Inflation Debate
- China Must Create Shared Global Wealth
- Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S.
- The U.S. Doesn’t Know How to Treat Its Allies
- My Mother’s Pain
- The Talk My Chinese Parents Never Had With Me
- Chinese divorce courts are places of peril for women
- Cloud-seeding will not solve China’s water shortages
- Will countries boycott China’s Olympics in 2022?
Australian Financial Review:
- Biden’s strategic competition with China is different to Trump’s
- The history behind who killed the Quad
- Taking cold war comforts from Alaska is unwise
- Joe Biden has a wildcard with China
- Australian government needs to win over private sector on China
China Digital Times:
- Hong Kong Electoral Downgrade Slashes Elected Share of Legislature, Puts Candidate Vetting Above Law
- World Health Organization’s Coronavirus Investigation Report Meets Widespread Condemnation
- Beijing Announces More Sanctions as Academics Rally Behind Targeted Colleagues
- PRC Sanctions Critics of Xinjiang Policy, Fans Nationalist Boycott
- Netizen Voices: “Don’t Just Support Xinjiang Cotton, Support Xinjiang People”
- H&M Mobbed Online Over Xinjiang Cotton, Commanded To “STOP YUEJIPENGCI”
- Translation: Xiao Meili: “Let Us Be The Tiny Heartbeats of Change” #MeToo
Politico China Watcher:
Politico China Direct:
Protocol | China:
The Wire China:
- Tencent’s Game
- Amelia Pang on Consumer Demand and Uyghur Labor
- Fun and Games
- China’s Accelerating Fertility Crisis
- China’s Own Goal
- The Benefits of Engagement
- The Hit Indie Flick China’s Film Snobs Love to Hate
- The Complex Legacy of China’s Cinematic Pirates
- Is China Really Ready for Black Stories?
- Why Game of Peace’s Interactive Art Lesson Falls Flat
- Ready or Not, Here Come China’s Pop Culture Intellectuals
- The monk who believed Buddhism could save China
- Beijing approves laws to require ‘patriotism’ of Hong Kong legislators
- Zhejiang sperm bank urges males to donate, citing volunteer shortage and quality decline
- China is becoming the world’s battery factory
- How a dated cell phone challenged everything I knew about China
- China further embraces Iran with 25-year cooperation agreement
- Another male Chinese college student avoids prison after being convicted of rape
- As the Suez boat was stuck, the Chinese internet jeered
- Zhou Guanyu takes Bahrain F2, his first feature race win
- China sanctions U.K. for Xinjiang ‘lies,’ continuing more aggressive pushback on Western criticism
- Single mother in Shanghai finally gets her maternity benefits after nearly four-year legal battle
- Delivering packages for Chinese logistics companies pays terribly, according to new report
- Opportunity and anxiety at the center of China’s surveillance industry
- Chinese study abroad facilitator Elite Education debuts on Wall Street with $6 million IPO
- China schmoozes with Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern powers
- Shanghai artificial heart valve startup NewMed raises over $100 million
- Everyone is in a rush to escape the dumpster fire that is the Xinjiang cotton crisis
- Sina goes private after 21 years on Nasdaq
- H&M faces boycott in China over year-old Xinjiang cotton ban
- When Christianity was tolerated in early Qing China
European Council on Foreign Relations:
Center for Strategic and International Studies:
- China and Iran: A Major Chinese Gain in “White Area Warfare” in the Gulf
- Global Networks 2030: Developing Economies and Emerging Technologies
- We Stand with MERICS
- China, EU and US cooperation on climate and energy
- US-China relations: Turning crisis into opportunity?
- Why China’s non-interference in Myanmar is misjudged
Center for New American Security:
Chicago Council on Global Affairs:
Center for Advanced China Research:
- China’s Civilian Fishing Fleets Are Still Weapons of Territorial Control
- Party Watch Weekly Report 4|19 3.20.2021-3.26.2021
- China Wants a ‘Rules-Based International Order,’ Too
- Russia and China Seek to Tie America’s Hands in Space
- Russia and China Are Exploiting Europe’s Vaccine Shortfalls
- How I Got Caught Up in the Great Vaccine Race
- China’s Military Could Turn Small Clashes Into Major Conflicts
- WHO Says COVID-19 Likely Started With Animals, Not Laboratory Leak
- Records Expose China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef
- China and Europe Are Breaking Over Human Rights
- ‘Baizuo’ Is a Chinese Word Conservatives Love
- Biden Looks to Contain China—but Where’s the Asian NATO?
- At China’s Borders, “Vaccine Passports” Just Got Real
- India Joins the Afghan Peace Negotiations
- Beijing’s Schadenfreude Over the Capitol Riots Conceals Deep Anxiety
- Trump Got China All Wrong. Now Biden Is Too.
- The U.S. Doesn’t Need China’s Collapse to Win
- China-US Relations: Views From China
- What a Change in China’s Officer Rank and Grade System Tells Us About PLA Reform
- Despite Sanctions Tiff, It’s Business as Usual for European Firms in China
- Beijing to Host Foreign Ministers from 4 Southeast Asian Nations
- Less Democracy, More ‘Patriots’: Hong Kong’s New Electoral System
- China Sharply Reduces Elected Seats in Hong Kong Legislature
- China’s Digital Currency: Implications for the US
- As the Government Pulls Back, China’s Boycott Against International Brands Loses Steam
- China’s Social Credit System: Speculation vs. Reality
- What’s in the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement?
- Beijing Is Getting Better at Disinformation on Global Social Media
- Tankie Man: The Pro-Democracy Hong Kongers Standing Up to Western Communists
- Paraguay Says Chinese Brokers Offered Vaccines for Diplomatic Recognition
- How the Olympic Movement Can Resist Beijing’s Games
- China Is Evolving a Distinct Space Culture
- Debunking 3 Myths About Chinese Investment in Malaysia
- China’s Dam Building Is a Security Risk for India’s Northeast
- Decoding the Chinese Navy’s Annual High Sea Joint Training Exercises
- Can the US and China Agree to Disagree?
- Joint Xinjiang Sanctions Widen Rift in China’s Ties With the West
- Philippines Deploys More Patrol Ships Amid Rift With China
- China’s EU Sanctions Are the Latest Proof: Beijing Doesn’t Understand Democracies
- China’s Foreign Minister Heads to the Middle East
- China Bashes US Over Racism, Inequality, Pandemic Response
- Tajikistan’s Catch-22: Foreign Investment and Sovereignty Risks
- 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?
- Palau President Visits Taiwan Despite Chinese Pressure
- David vs Goliath: How Space-Based Assets Can Give Taiwan an Edge
- Taiwan Mass Producing New Long-Range Missile
- CAI - Sanctions - EU Digital Compass
- China sets hopes on blockchain to close cyber security gaps
- Likeminded coordination boosted, with Chinese pushback
- Injecting influence: China’s vaccine diplomacy in Central and Eastern Europe
- Sanctions - China-Russia relations - Financial reforms
- China retaliates to EU’s sanction on Xinjiang human rights violations
- H&M’s latest statement on Xinjiang cotton is very careful not to mention Xinjiang
- With a Google spreadsheet, a web sleuth tracks the comments that get people jailed in China
- Rare earths mining is taking center stage in Greenland’s snap election
- The journalist who livestreamed the Hong Kong protests’ darkest moment is now a dissident behind bars
- India is challenging China’s dominance in Africa through healthcare diplomacy
- Is Nike too cool to suffer in China?
- From Norwegian salmon to basketball, a brief history of China’s patriotic consumer boycotts
- Barristers, MPs, and academics are among the Brits now blacklisted from China
- Under pressure in China, Zara deleted a statement about Xinjiang
- Where Covid-19 came from is as much a political question as a scientific one
- Taiwan: Why China-US relations are a zero-sum game
- Russia in Southeast Asia: Falling influence despite being largest arms seller
- Do artworks need to be patriotic? Hong Kong politicians fight over Ai Weiwei's 'middle finger photograph'
- Why the Chinese are confused by ‘ungrateful’ anti-China sentiments in Myanmar
- ‘Countering sanctions with sanctions’: Where China’s confidence comes from
- China: A good guy or a bad guy?
- The fight that never ends: Why are China and the West now fighting over Xinjiang cotton?
- Balancing China: Can Japan continue to be a reliable power in SEA after Abe?
- Chinese academic: Japan is the ‘hidden warrior’ behind China-US competition
- Is America falling apart?
- Vaccine politics: Can one take a US-made vaccine after taking a China-made one?
- The WHO report into the origin of the coronavirus is out. Here’s what happens next, says the Australian doctor who went to China
- Russia and China present a united front to the west – but there’s plenty of potential for friction
- Russia and China are sending Biden a message: don’t judge us or try to change us. Those days are over
East Asia Forum:
- Tibetans in exile facing new challenges
- Dealing with a China that’s not like us
- Malign or benign? China–US strategic competition under Biden
- China’s bold economic plans and modest targets
- The complexities of China’s CPTPP entry
- Will China weaponise its rare earth edge?
- A clear mantra for US defence strategy
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:
Center for Security and Emerging Technology:
- China’s Progress in Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment
- Chinese Government Guidance Funds
- Understanding Chinese Government Guidance Funds
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
- Trump-Era Policies Toward Chinese STEM Talent: A Need for Better Balance
- Europe’s Tightrope Diplomacy on China
- China’s 2027 Goal Marks the PLA’s Centennial, Not an Expedited Military Modernization
- China and the Myanmar Junta: A Marriage of Convenience
- Potential Military Implications of Pingtan Island’s New Transportation Infrastructure
- Beijing Speaks on the Proposed Group of Seven Expansion
- Semiconductor Scandal A Concerning Backdrop to Xi’s Pursuit of “Core Technologies”
National People's Congress Observer:
What's on Weibo:
- The Earth God and Personifying Climate Change
- Cross-Strait Politics and the International Spectre of Climate Change in Taiwan
- The Political Aspect of Taiwan’s Energy Policy and Reliance on Natural Gas
Hong Kong Free Press:
- A bombing at China’s Mingjing village
- Hong Kong and the terrifying legal gamble of pressing a digital button
- Hong Kong’s cultural revolution has arrived at the arts
- Independent judges are no protection against bad laws, m’lud
- Macau media ‘gag’ forces Portugal out of its shell to issue stinging rebuke to China over its obligations
- How the ‘trials’ of two Canadians detained in China show the importance of the rule of law
The India China Newsletter:
Takshashila PLA Insight:
- China-India Brief; China-Philippines Standoff; Taiwan and China; No Military Parade @ 100; PLA Professionalism; Testimony; PLA RF Survival Exercise
Observer Research Foundation:
- China’s retail nationalism
- The West Wanes, China Grows: What’s at Stake for the Liberal Order?
- Biden will have to counter China at a cultural level
- The new American geostrategic consensus over China
- Future of autonomous air platforms in the Indo-Pacific
- Robots at war: The future for autonomous systems at sea in the Indo-Pacific
Beijing to Britain:
- Iran–China strategic agreement could be a game-changer
- Cheap, reusable space launchers are still years away for Chinese military
- China military watch (Issue 7)
- Untangling the crossed wires of China’s ‘Super Grid’
- 14th Five Year Plan: China’s carbon-centred environmental blueprint
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