China Analysis Digest #7
- Date: April 7-14, 2021
- Sources scanned: 78
- Content: 202 publications from 50 sources
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The Grieving and the Grievable (Yangyang Cheng):
professionals who report on or study Chinese policy are referred to as “China watchers” or “China hands.” Chinese ethnicity in this profession is viewed as suspect. Any attempt to introduce nuance is dismissed as apologizing for Beijing. Combine the two, and one gets labeled a Communist spy. Being “tough on China” is brandished as a measure of personal virtue.
“The Chinese Communist Party does not equate the Chinese people and criticizing the former is not racist,” politicians and pundits proclaim. The soundbite, objectively true by stating the obvious, is rarely uttered in good faith. It is a way of talking to preclude further discussion, a preempt to deflect from criticism. What the sentence actually says is that the speaker comprehends very little — and does not care to know more — about the workings of a one-party state, the role of the individual in an authoritarian society, or racial bias in the discourse about China. They see the Chinese people as helpless victims or mindless perpetrators of political oppression, but never fully enfranchised human beings with moral agency, who must navigate a complex reality in order to live.
The New China Scare (Fareed Zakaria):
But the liberal international order has been able to accommodate itself to a variety of regimes—from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia to Vietnam—and still provide a rules-based framework that encourages greater peace, stability, and civilized conduct among states. China’s size and policies present a new challenge to the expansion of human rights that has largely taken place since 1990. But that one area of potential regression should not be viewed as a mortal threat to the much larger project of a rules-based, open, free-trading international system.
The anatomy of a Chinese online hate campaign (Zeyi Yang):
The traditional perception of pro-China disinformation is that it is powered by people paid to post on social media: the famous "fifty-centers," or wumao. But in recent years, that kind of awkward messaging has been increasingly replaced by unpaid grassroots users who generally believe what they're writing.
The CCP’s 2021 Propaganda Blueprint (China Media Project):
The People’s Daily reports prominently on its front page [on Monday] that the Central Office of the Chinese Communist Party has released a notice providing guidance for propaganda and education in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the CCP. The notice, which outlines general “arrangements and outlays” (安排部署) for the carrying out of a comprehensive national propaganda campaign through the July anniversary and to the end of the year, specifies the guiding theme: “Forever Following the Party” (永远跟党走).
According to the People’s Daily, the notice says that a “diverse and content-rich” campaign for the anniversary should “vigorously sing the main theme of the times, the goodness of the Chinese Communist Party, the goodness of socialism, the goodness of reform and opening, the goodness of the great motherland, and the goodness of the people of all ethnic groups.”
Though an indelible feature of PRC politics under Mao Zedong, the top-down release of such slogans for broad national propaganda campaigns was unseen in post-reform China before 2019.
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- Australia is failing to recognise an urgent need: recruiting more Chinese-Australians into public service
- Neican Briefing: Alibaba, Huawei, and public opinion on military
Made in China Journal:
China Media Project:
- Beijing Lines Up the Pieces for Peaking Emissions by 2030
- Beijing’s Tech Ambitions: What Exactly Does It Want?
Pew Research Center:
War on the Rocks:
- What Napoleon Can Teach Us About the South China Sea
- China’s Shifting Attitude on the Indo-Pacific Quad
- China’s Shrinking Families
- China’s Techno-Authoritarianism Has Gone Global
- Competition With China Can Save the Planet
- China Learning From Russia’s “Emerging Great Power” Global Media Tactics
- A Different Kind of Army: The Militarization of China’s Internet Trolls
- How the CCP Mobilized a Cross-Border Disinformation Campaign Against the Czech Senate Speaker
- Exploring Chinese Military Thinking on Social Media Manipulation Against Taiwan
- Xinhua Infiltrates Western Electronic Media, Part One: Online “Advertorial” Content
- China thinks it can avoid Middle Eastern traps that caught America
- The plight of China’s “left-behind” children
- Chinese leaders boast about China’s rising power. The real story is different.
- Americans are divided over boycotting the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Here’s the data.
- China and Russia announced a joint pledge to push back against dollar hegemony
- Chinese companies have different ways of managing African employees
Australian Financial Review:
- The Quad (finally) delivers: Can it be sustained?
- Economic diplomacy: Global tax, education exports and Team Australia
- The big bark but small bite of China’s trade coercion
East Asia Forum:
- Global digital governance can start in Asia
- Avoiding a fractured digital global economy
- Understanding economic coercion
- Can ASEAN offer a way out of the US–China choice?
- Energy partnership bolsters China–Russia relations
- Chinese Actor Wants More Roles for Women, by Women
- The Man on a Mission to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in China
- Confronting China’s Child Sex Abuse Crisis: The Story of Sisi
China Digital Times:
- HK Government Introduces Even More Measures to Ensure Preferred Election Outcomes
- After Months of Speculation, Regulators Drop Hammer on Jack Ma’s Business Empire
- New Regulations to Protect Students from Predators, Sleep Deprivation, Inharmonious Politics
- Harassment and Sanctions Aimed at Uyghurs and Xinjiang Researchers
- Translation: Should We Treat the Unvaccinated Like Deadbeats?
- Translation: “To Those Who Cannot Hear” on Wuhan’s Tomb Sweeping Day
- China wants regular citizens to monitor online comments for “harmful” history
- What can a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics achieve?
- “Er xuan yi”: The business tactic that led to Alibaba’s $2.8 billion antitrust fine
- Secret contracts show how China structures loans to become Africa’s “preferred” lender
- Twitter has officially recognized the #MilkTeaAlliance
- China’s foreign brands boycott has pushed up the resale price of Chinese sneakers
Politico China Watcher:
Politico China Direct:
Protocol | China:
- China’s tech crackdown isn’t about Xi vs. Ma
- The anatomy of a Chinese online hate campaign
- Digital renminbi vs. the dollar
The Wire China:
- China Builds Trust — and Railways — in the U.A.E.
- Joe Dunford on the Military Dimension of the China Competition
- How to Win the Chip Wars
- The New China Shock
- Charged Up
- The New Oil
- The assassination attempt of Zhou Enlai
- Beijing slams Japanese plan to dump Fukushima wastewater into Pacific
- Kindergarten teacher under investigation after forcing student to smell his foot
- A mop to sweep away one’s sexual harasser
- A day in the life of a Beijing delivery driver
- Genki Forest’s ‘sugar-free’ label claims turn sour
- China CDC director worries about ‘not high’ vaccine efficacy, but says his remarks were taken out of context
- Alibaba fined $2.8 billion in landmark antitrust case
- Are Beijingers worried about climate change?
- Documenting China’s U.S. Capitol-inspired buildings
- ‘Better dead than red,’ Rose Namajunas says ahead of Zhang Weili fight at UFC 261
- Chinese TV shows censor foreign fashion brands as Xinjiang cotton row continues
- China’s ‘Uber for trucks’ to IPO in the U.S. at $30 billion valuation
- More Chinese women are buying homes than ever before — report
- ‘To Be a Woman’: A feminist showcase by young Chinese directors
- The Grieving and the Grievable
- The yin and yang worlds of a Chinese literary outlier
- U.S. debates changes in Taiwan policy as warships swirl around island
- China’s brick-and-mortar bookstores are making a comeback
- Chinese brands and sneaker scalpers seize their moment amid Xinjiang cotton row
- China’s New Youth: The diverse post-Tiananmen generation shaping the country
- China unveils new law against teacher-student ‘romances’ at elementary and secondary schools
- Zhang Zhixin: A tragedy of the Cultural Revolution
Center for Advanced China Research:
- Germany-China - Italy-China - E-Commerce
- Beijing’s foreign policy priorities
- China’s 14th Five-Year Plan – strengthening the domestic base to become a superpower
- Defense cooperation – Foreign correspondents – Rare earths
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission:
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
Australia-China Relations Institute:
- The PRC’s use of border blocks on food and beverage imports: quantifying Australia’s position
- Australia-China monthly wrap-up: March 2021
Observer Research Foundation:
- Value chains disrupted: Navigating the American and Chinese contest for dominance
- Above the Law: Holding China to Account in the South China Sea
- Populism and Prosperity: Confronting the Looming Trade Wars
- China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India
- Kerry Heads to China for Climate Talks
- China’s Exports Rise as Global Demand Revives
- China’s Digital Silk Road and the Global Digital Order
- Civil Society and China’s Global Media Footprint
- Zhao Kezhi’s Legacy Could Define China’s Regional Security Paradigm
- Ping Pong Diplomacy: Made in Japan
- Chinese Aircraft Carrier Conducts ‘Routine’ Drills Near Taiwan
- The Hidden Motive of China’s Zero Emissions Pledge: Energy Security
- Kidnappings Plague Chinese Worksites in Nigeria
- What the China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Pact Means for India
- China’s Hard and Soft Lines on Xinjiang
- Chinese Infrastructure Projects in Indonesia Face Fresh Delays
- Yes, China Has the World’s Largest Navy. That Matters Less Than You Might Think.
- 2022 Watch: Chen Yixin Likely to Become China’s Internal Security Commissar
- Would Access to Cambodia’s Ream Naval Base Really Benefit China?
- A First-Hand View of 70 Years of China-US Relations
- Is the China-Japan Thaw Over?
- Taiwan Picks Up the Pieces in Aftermath of Deadly Train Crash
- Taiwan Will Fight ‘to the Very Last Day’ If China Attacks
- The Summit That Can’t Fail
- When Clean Energy Is Powered by Dirty Labor
- Sanctioning India Would Spoil the Quad
- China’s Crackdown on Islam Brings Back Memories of 1975 Massacre
- Yes, You Can Use the T-Word to Describe China
- Japan Toughens on China as Beijing Issues Threats
- Do small countries matter in China-US relations?
- Facing the ire of 1.4 billion Chinese consumers: Multinational companies cottoning on to supply chain risks
- Quad now centrepiece in India’s China strategy
- Can Biden’s new infrastructure plan rival China's BRI?
- Is Alibaba leaving its carefree days behind?
- China's live-streaming e-commerce: The million dollar business fueling product innovation
- China's going full speed ahead on technology innovation. Will it work?
- Was Deng Xiaoping Hakka?
- Patriotic consumerism: Li-Ning sneakers for 50,000 RMB, anyone?
- Why the Chinese are not motivated to get vaccinated
- When 'new Hong Kongers' run the show, where do the old ones go?
What's on Weibo:
- Censorship of Chinese 6B4T & Feminist Groups Prompts Wave of Support for “Douban Sisters”
- Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him
- Video Showing Suihua Female Worker Hitting Deputy Director with a Mop Goes Viral on Weibo
- Shanghai Man Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison for Throwing Garbage out of Apartment Window
- On Ant Group and 34 tech companies: analyzing 2 latest official meeting readouts
- Beijing's anti-monopoly findings on Alibaba: a deep dive
- Ex-govt spokesperson Zhao Qizheng on China's external messaging
Tracking People's Daily:
- Tech Rectification, Trade Data, Taiwan Tensions, Party's Ideology Think Tank Chief's Historical Narrative
- History Campaign, Ant's Rectification, Platform Governance, Anti-Corruption, Zhong Sheng on 'Interventionist' US Foreign Policy
- Centenary Publicity Campaign, Li Speaks to Entrepreneurs & Party's Comprehensive Governance
- East-West Collaboration, Deep Dive into the New Development Concept & More Human Rights Pushback
- Xi-Merkel Talk, PLA Political Education, Modern Industrial Supply Chain, Human Rights Pushback
- Poverty Alleviation White Paper, Political-Legal Rectification Campaign, US' Human Rights
The India China Newsletter:
Eye on China:
- 'Inflexible' PLA - Cyber Threat - New Development Concept - Record Fine for Alibaba - Bhutan Boundary Talks - US Strategic Competition Act - SCS Coercion - Digital Yuan
Takshashila PLA Insight:
- China-India: Corp Commanders Meeting, New Commander for XMD; SCS; Guidelines for PLA's Ideological & Political Education; Taiwan; US Fonops & India
- Special Issue: China’s Nuclear Ambiguity and its Implications for India: Takshashila-ORF Research Collaboration (Occasional Paper/Discussion Document)
Beijing to Britain:
- Could China adopt more ‘trees-to-power’ technology?
- Carbon neutrality in China: behind the corporate hype
- As China’s energy mix shifts to renewables, how can power markets evolve?
- Is China edging away from a massive dam on the River Niger?
Hong Kong Free Press:
- The mystery job that seems tailor-made for a CY Leung comeback
- The #StopAsianHate movement has lessons for us all
- Fears of Hongkongers casting blank protest votes speaks to the paranoia of authoritarian governments
- Hong Kong’s electoral changes: the Communist Party is taking over
- Why Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK should cease operations for good
- The Global Story of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Italy, China and Taiwan
- A Response to Trauma through Puppetry and Performative Reenactment
- Joshua Wen-Kwei Liao (1905 – 1952): A Founding Theorist of Taiwanese Independence
- Facing Advancing Global Warming and International Pressure Taiwan needs to Take Prompt Action
- Taiwan’s Green Diplomacy and the 1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis: The Legacy of Penny Kemp’s Taiwan Visit
- 深入学习党的百年历史 更加坚定中国道路自信
- 在磨难中成长 从磨难中奋起
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