China Analysis Digest #11
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- Date range: May 5-11, 2021
- Sources scanned: 84
- Content: 183 publications from 44 sources
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Can the West extend its clear-eyed thinking beyond China? (Yun Jiang):
We can look at China with clear eyes, but we are yet unable to look at the West and ourselves with clear eyes. Nowhere is this more clearly illustrated than the uncritical and unreflective use of the term “liberal international order” or “rules-based global order” in the public discourse. Australian policymakers often lament the decline of the “liberal international order”. But the postwar international order was only liberal from the perspective of the dominant powers – the West that we’re part of. It was never liberal for many countries in South America and the Middle East.
Taiwan and the Ghosts of History (Ian Buruma):
It may be that in today’s world, when a superpower conflict could destroy much of mankind, China and the US will avoid a war over Taiwan. But the two sides are engaged in a game of chicken, which can escalate quickly and unpredictably, with fear of humiliation making it difficult to back down.
Industrial policy is back in fashion as geopolitical tensions increase (Gideon Rachman):
The new cold war is driving the fashion for state intervention. But claims industrial policy will also produce better-paying jobs and a more productive economy deserve deep scepticism.
Do Belt and Road projects provide local benefits? (Dirk van der Kley):
available evidence suggests that Chinese overseas economic engagement has become much more localised. Chinese firms are providing jobs, exports, budgetary revenue (through taxes) and technical expertise. Gone are the days when large infrastructure projects, built by Chinese labour, formed the backbone of China’s economic engagement in the Indo-Pacific or elsewhere. In short, these projects are giving emerging economies what they want.
More transparency needed around Uni’s audit into ‘foreign interference’ (David Brophy):
The University’s approach to ‘foreign interference’ puts its Chinese staff at risk. There’s a tension in the idea of the modern university, between the essentially borderless nature of knowledge production, and the rival claim that universities should serve the “national interest”…As much as McCarthyism is associated with the paranoia of one politician, most of the damage to lives and reputations in that period was done by universities pre-emptively capitulating and policing themselves to show loyalty to the policy imperatives of the day. We’re not there yet, but there are trends in the current climate pointing in this direction, and they need to be resisted.
Australian racism a vulnerability to the PRC’s influence operations (Joyce Nip):
It is easy to dismiss the PRC’s rhetoric on racism in Australia as mere propaganda given there are any number of success stories of ethnic Asians in Australia to counter the point. However, classing the issue as a ‘Beijing talking point’ does a disservice to Australia’s ethnically Asian community. While the ubiquity of experiences of racism by Australia’s ethnically Asian community is only beginning to be charted, it is likely safe to say that every person of Asian appearance would have encountered racism in Australia at some point of their lives.
As such, the power of anti-racism rhetoric on mainland Chinese people should not be underestimated. Its power was first demonstrated in the ignition of Chinese nationalism after the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, which soon saw the formation of the CCP.
So long as racism remains a blind spot in Australia and the vestiges of the White Australia policy are still evident, it will be a vulnerability exploitable by PRC influence operations.
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- Perceptions and Frustrations: Chinese Companies in the Global South
- Can the West extend its clear-eyed thinking beyond China?
- Amid US-China Competition over AI Capabilities, EU Projects Regulatory Power
- Beijing’s Elusive Bid for Pricing Power on Rare Earths
- Tianhe Launch Marks a Key Step in China's Growing Space Ambitions
- China’s Port Investments in Sri Lanka Reflect Competition with India in the Indian Ocean
- The PLA Navy’s ZHANLAN Training Series: Supporting Offensive Strike on the High Seas
- Legal Obstacles to #MeToo Cases in China’s Courts
- Tracking the Digital Component of the BRI in Central Asia, Part Two: Developments in Kazakhstan
- The Limits to US-China Climate Cooperation
- The Logic of US-China Competition
- Taiwan and the Ghosts of History
- China pushes back against critics of its policies in Xinjiang
- China wants the world to know that resistance to its rise is futile
- Why so many young Chinese seek plastic surgery
- Australia’s debate about China is becoming hot, angry and shrill
Australian Financial Review:
- How we should deal with China’s state-owned behemoths
- Industrial policy is back in fashion as geopolitical tensions increase
- Australians need clarity on war or peace
- Western companies in China succumb to Stockholm syndrome
- Killing Hong Kong’s free press will harm its economy
- Do Belt and Road projects provide local benefits?
- China’s innovation dilemma
- A breadcrumb trail as Europe responds to a rising China
East Asia Forum:
- US Pacific Deterrence Initiative too little, too late to counter China
- When the chips are down over Taiwan, what’s Australia’s stake in the game?
- Talking up war over Taiwan flouts reason, fact, judgment and Australia’s national interest
- Washington is playing a losing game with China
- China’s plan to become a world-leading technology force
- Why China will not rebuild Syria
- Globalisation isn’t losing steam in China
- Can China’s commercial space sector achieve lift off?
Pearls and Irritations:
- Understanding Beijing’s motives regarding Taiwan, and America’s role
- Biden’s Taiwan Policy Is Truly, Deeply Reckless. Would the US allow Mexico to join a military alliance with Beijing?
- The unfinished Chinese civil war
- China’s sanctions on Western think tanks
- More transparency needed around Uni’s audit into ‘foreign interference’
- Time to silence the drums of war
- Australia should support Taiwan’s bid to join the CPTPP
- Australia needs powerful partners if it must go to war
- Baltic states start to turn away from China
- China’s AI deployment in Africa poses risks to security and sovereignty
- Why China Is Running Out of Lab Monkeys
- The Funeral of an Unknown Woman
- The Uncertain Future of China’s Ancient Ceramics Capital
- Inside the Communist Party’s Private Sector Push
- I Got the Vaccine. Why Are So Many Chinese Still Hesitating?
- How NFTs Are Transforming China’s Art Market
China Digital Times:
- Recent Reports Add to Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide in Xinjiang
- Netizen Voices: In Hu Xijin Controversy, Nationalist Netizens Turn On One of Their Own
- G7 Meeting Focuses on China and Taiwan
- Three Convicted of Rioting in HK Despite No Evidence of Involvement
- After Chinese Sanctions, EU-China Investment Deal on the Rocks
- Angry Then Apologetic Tweets From Philippines Foreign Minister Highlight Diplomatic Tensions in South China Sea
- China is trying to put the brakes on Tesla’s biggest rival
- Meituan’s CEO is in the hot seat over a classical Chinese poem about book burning
- Adidas is trying to have it both ways on Xinjiang
- China’s latest weapon against Covid-19 is a girl band in Shanghai
Politico China Watcher:
Politico China Direct:
Protocol | China:
The Wire China:
- The Housing Bubble That Just Won’t Pop
- The Party on the Inside: The CCP and Chinese Companies
- Daniel Russel on China, the “Pivot,” and Rebuilding America’s Standing
- The Logic of U.S.-China Competition
- Tesla’s China Endgame
- Cutthroat Competitions
- Another report of reproductive oppression in Xinjiang
- Hangzhou safari park hides leopard escape for weeks, citing fear of losing visitors
- ‘Zhu was first’: The rise and fall in Chinese lore of commander-in-chief Zhu De
- WHO approves China’s Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use
- ‘Australia is responsible for all this’: China suspends economic dialogue with Canberra, blames ‘Cold War mentality’
- How Technology and Capital Can Help Accelerate Agricultural Innovation in China
- China tests digital yuan in villages
- Tencent exec’s Youth Day message for China’s youth: You are sleeping too much
- Puppies and kittens are the latest casualties of China’s blind-box craze
- The Reciter: A Uyghur family’s pride — and downfall
- Can Chinese liquor companies convince Chinese youths to drink traditional baijiu?
- U.S.-China relations at the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act
Center for Advanced China Research:
- US-China finance relations: quietly flows the Dollar
- Commission proposes defensive economic measures - CAI - Belgium's investment screening mechanism
Australia-China Relations Institute:
- Australia-China monthly wrap-up: April 2021
- Guarding against assumptions about Australia’s national interests
- Australian racism a vulnerability to the PRC’s influence operations
- Australia’s engagement with the PRC: Universities need more, not less
Observer Research Foundation:
- China–Bangladesh strategic linkages
- The Great Game 2.0 in Asia: Stakes go up
- China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum
- Excluding Huawei from India is part of a policy continuum
- The Impossible Triangle: China, the US, and the EU
- No Huawei in 5G is a start, No China in critical infrastructure should be next
- Transatlantic Cooperation on the China Challenge
- Chinese Subsidies: A Threat to US Competitiveness?
- Taiwan Catches Two Chinese Nationals Arriving by Dinghy
- How Chinese Fans Enforce Chinese Nationalism on the World
- China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum
- Ramadan in China: Faithful Dwindle Under Limits on Religion
- China’s Deep-Sea Motivation for Claiming Sovereignty Over the South China Sea
- China ‘in a Category by Itself’ of Religious Rights Violators
- 3 Reasons Why the US Doesn’t Have a Coherent China Strategy
- Will Easing of Student Visa Restrictions Rekindle China-US Exchanges?
- China Is Courting Middle Eastern Nations on Xinjiang
- 4 Dams on the Upper Mekong in Yunnan, China: 2011-2019
- China Outlines Its Priorities as UN Security Council President
- We Don’t Need to Wait on the UN to Expand Taiwan’s International Role
- The United Kingdom Dispatches HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China
- Biden Looks for Defense Hotline With China
- What the United States Wants From Japan in Taiwan
- China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory
- As U.S. Hardens Line on Beijing, Taiwan’s Stock Rises in Washington
- Biden Wants to Replicate China’s Infrastructure Miracle
- Japan passes China in the sprint to win Cambodian hearts and minds
- China's CPC deepens ties with Philippine political parties
- Will Indonesia-China vaccine cooperation affect Jakarta's South China Sea stance?
- No one in the world loves the US as much as the Chinese? Not anymore.
- China’s rising property prices have serious social consequences
- Is China facing a demographic crisis?
- Chinese researcher: This is how China gets rid of poverty
- Chinese economics professor: Fathers are not inferior to mothers when it comes to parenting
- The ugly scenes behind China's talent shows
What's on Weibo:
- Train Fight Between Chinese and Foreign Passenger over Mask-Wearing Goes Viral on Douyin
- Guangzhou Metro Security Guard Posts X-ray Images of Passengers’ Adult Toys
Tracking People's Daily:
- Boosting Chinese Brands - Drug Supervision - Real Estate Speculation & Ren Lixuan on New Development Concept
- Xi's New Development Stage, Evaluating Party Secretaries, & Pessimism over Afghan Withdrawal
- Xi Works the Phones - Li on Food Security - Hitting Back at the G7
- Li Dazhao & Wang Jinmei - Shandong Secretary Praising Xi - G7 on China
- China's UNSC Priorities - Philippines Row - ACFTU's Political Loyalty & Priorities
The India China Newsletter:
- Inside the debate in China about India's Covid-19 crisis
- India's big 5G call, and the complicated optics of Covid-19 supplies from China
Eye on China:
Beijing to Britain:
Hong Kong Free Press:
- Hong Kong’s school system is leaving non-Chinese minorities behind
- Hong Kong’s discriminatory Covid-19 policies are placing politics above science
- Why The Economist’s take on ‘dangerous’ Taiwan is not just scaremongering
- Maternity, a Biter Transition, an Empowering Continuum or Both? Childbirth and the Practices of Yuezi under Beauty Pressure in Taiwan
- 228 Seventy-Four Years On: The Fight for Transitional Justice
- Taiwan’s Non-Traditional Diplomacy During the Pandemic: The Case of Mexico
- Le Moulin: An Invitation to Meditate on Taiwanese History by Ya-Li Huang
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